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Free Workshop – Unpacking Our Stories: Critical Narrative Therapy & Youth Voice

Free Workshop
Unpacking Our Stories: Critical Narrative Therapy & Youth Voice

Monday April 20, 2015

1:00 – 3:30pm

Social Planning Toronto Boardroom

2 Carlton Street East, Suite 1001

What insights do stories offer us about how we come to know ourselves and others? How can engagement with narration and narrative ideas support our committments to social justice with/in the youth sector?

The practice of Narrative Therapy can support us in learning about stories of dominance in people’s lives, as well as stories of resistance, change and hope.  
Join us to learn about practices of Narrative Therapy and its possibilities for its use in our work in the youth sector.

In this interactive and hands-on workshop Dr. Harjeet Badwall, and social work practitioner, Jia Yao will introduce the foundations and practice of Narrative Therapy from a critical perspective.  

Guest Speakers

Harjeet Badwall
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, York University
YouthREX Ethics Review Committee Co-lead

Dr. Badwall brings extensive Social Work experience to the School of Social Work as a counsellor working in the area of violence. Harjeet completed her doctoral research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on anti-racist and anti- colonial perspectives in social work education and practice.

Harjeet’s professional practice and extensive research experience in the areas of anti-racism and critical social work practice have translated into multiple community partnerships and community engaged research practices. Harjeet has supported ACT for Youth’s NOISE Project as a Faculty Adviser with high school youth and Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work students.

Jia Yao
Jia Yao is a narrative therapist whose practice is guided by critical social work theory — particularly post-structural thinking. As a front line worker at Oolagen, Jia strives to work creatively with children, youth and their families in ways that honour and respect their cultural values, often by facilitating sessions in non-traditional therapy settings. In addition to her practice, she presents workshops and classes on narrative therapy in both community and academic spaces. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, making crafts, and practising Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
This event is free but registration is required.

Afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP online at
or send an email to by April 20, 2015


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