Brief Narrative Therapy Consultation Group | May-December 2023

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to collaborate with Karen Young, MSW, RSW, and the Windz Centre to offer a consultation series on Narrative Therapy, May-December 2023.



All times Pacific

  • Wednesday, May 31, 11 am-12:30pm, facilitated by Karen Young
  • Wednesday, June 28, 8:30-10am PT, facilitated by Karen Young
  • Wednesday, July 26, 8:30-10am PT, facilitated by Akansha Vaswani-Bye
  • Thursday, August 24, 8:30-10am PT, , facilitated by Akansha Vaswani-Bye
  • Monday, September 11, 8:30-10am PT, facilitated by Karen Young
  • Wednesday, October 11, 8:30-10am PT, facilitated by Karen Young
  • Wednesday, November 8, 8:30-10am PT, facilitated by Karen Young
  • Wednesday, December 13, 8:30-10am PT, facilitated by Karen Young

Eligibility & Expectations 

  • Master's level clinicians in the mental health & behavioral health workforce in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10) who previously participated in our 3-part Brief Narrative Therapy training series. 
  • Commitment to attend the whole series is required
  • Participation in evaluation surveys/feedback (which are confidential) is expected
  • Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate
  • This opportunity is not open for applications and is being offered to a closed cohort. 




Karen Young, MSW, RSW; Director, Windz Centre

Karen Young


Karen is the Director of Windz Centre. She is an institute faculty teaching many of the Windz workshops and certificate programs. She organizes and designs training, oversees research projects, provides narrative therapy supervision and consults and trains walk-in clinics. For over 16 years, Karen supervised and provided single session therapy at a walk-in therapy clinic. Karen has provided consultation and clinical training to many organizations in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally regarding re-structuring service pathways to include brief services such as walk-in clinics. She has been teaching narrative and brief narrative therapy for over 30 years and is a therapist with 36 years of experience working with children and families. Karen has contributed numerous publications regarding applications of brief narrative therapy and research in brief services and walk-in therapy. She co-authored the Brief Services policy paper for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (Duvall, J., Young, K., Kays-Burden, A., 2012), No more, no less: Brief Mental Health Services for Children and Youth. Karen was the lead in the first in Ontario Brief Services Evaluation Project, 2014, a multi-organization evaluation of brief services. Karen has a great deal of knowledge and passion for narrative practices and is one of the few trainers who can teach the traditional aspects of the approach and new evolutions in the thinking. She has particular expertise in the application of narrative in brief and walk-in therapies. Karen is regarded as a trainer who conveys narrative ideas in very clear and useable ways.


Akansha Vaswani-Bye, PhD

Dr. Vaswani-Bye

Akansha Vaswani Bye, PhD, is an Acting Assistant Professor in the SPIRIT Lab (stands for Supporting Psychosis Innovation through Research, Implementation and Training) at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She grew up in Mumbai and her first learnings as a professional came from individuals and families navigating developmental disabilities. Early in her career, she was introduced to the principles of family-centered care, early intervention, and community-based advocacy. Her interest in narrative practices and systemic change has been at the forefront as she moved into spaces as a researcher, clinician, consultant, and trainer. Her doctoral work focused on drivers of institutional corruption in psychiatry and solutions for reform, particularly the practice of deprescribing and rational prescribing grounded in informed consent. Her current research and implementation work is focused on supporting communities impacted by psychosis, building the family peer workforce, and developing and disseminating culturally responsive principles and practices. She is particularly interested in non-pathologizing interventions and interventions that account for the impact of structural and social determinants of health. Currently, her clinical work is located at the Madison Clinic, a primary care clinic for people living with HIV/AIDS. 





Starts: May 31, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: Dec 13, 2023 10:00 am
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