Narrative Competence Psychotherapy Group
July 26, 2017
The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre
Please note: Space is limited. To register, you will need to book an assessment by July 7. More details are on the bottom of the page.
The Narrative Group is a creative opportunity for artists who share an interest in writing and the discussion of writing. Learning how to write your own stories and sharing them with others in a confidential setting may foster emotional resilience through the coherence that comes from having words for your own life. It may develop creative problem-solving and allow you to find a greater sense of meaning as you navigate your life with your artistic practice and beyond.
Why narrative competence?
People who are able to describe their feelings and experiences are better able to understand and address challenges in their own lives. We are born and raised to understand ourselves and others through narratives or stories. By practicing the way we tell stories, we also deepen our ability to appreciate and move with life.
What’s the difference between this and journaling? What’s the difference between this and a therapy group?
Like journaling, we will encourage you to write whatever comes to mind. Unlike journaling, you’ll receive a prompt to get you started. Like therapy, you will work with people who are also interested in narrative and their inner life. Unlike some therapy groups, we focus on writing (as opposed to understanding relationships in the group). This gives each person a chance to see what their communication is like from the outside and on paper.
Are there reasons not to join the group?
If you are currently struggling with suicidal ideation, have a history of self-harm within the past 2 years, or are having difficulties with alcohol or another substance, or find participating in groups in general to be hard.
How much will this cost?
This session of Narrative Competence Psychotherapy is covered by OHIP. There are no charges to attend, however an $80 deposit is required – this deposit will be returned upon attending all sessions.
How long will we meet?
About two and a half hours on Wednesday mornings for ten sessions
How do I sign up?
You will need to call the Centre at 416-603-5263 to make an appointment with Susannah McGeachy, the team Nurse Practitioner, for a brief assessment and referral to Dr. Uy for the group. Each potential participant will then have a one-on-one session w-ith Dr. Uy prior to starting the group. The group size will be a maximum of 8-10 people, filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are able to commit to all 10 sessions, please contact the Centre by July 7, 2017, to schedule your appointment.
Session 1 – July 26
Session 2 – August 2
Session 3 – August 9
Session 4 – August 16
Session 5 – August 23
Session 6 – August 30
Session 7 – September 6
Session 8 – September 13
Session 9 – September 20
Session 10 – September 27
FacilitatorsDr. Paul Uy, MD., Psychotherapist
Time9:00am - 12:00pm
LocationThe Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre
While participating in the practicum is paid for by OHIP, an $80 deposit is required. The fee will be refunded if you attend all sessions.
RegisterCall 416-603-5263 to make an appointment with Nurse Practitioner Susannah McGeachy for a brief assessment and referral to Dr. Uy for the group. Each potential participant will then have a one-on-one session with Dr. Uy prior to starting the group.
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