Kigali, Rwanda – 10-14th August 2020 … postponed due to COVID-19 until August 2022


You are invited! 

We are delighted to invite you to Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills – for the next international narrative therapy and community work conference. It’s been quite some years since we have held one of these events and we are excited to be doing so in collaboration with SOS Rwanda.

There is a significant history of Rwandan practitioners making contributions to the field of narrative practice. Practitioners from Ibuka (the Rwandan national genocide survivors association) began engaging with narrative therapy and community work ideas over ten years ago. Their work is featured in ‘Working with memory in the shadow of genocide‘ 

This conference will feature the  diverse work of Rwandan practitioners with children and families and from narrative therapists and community workers from many different parts of the world! 

We hope to see you there.  

About this conference

This conference will feature presentations from well-respected international narrative therapists and Rwandan and East African practitioners on the following themes:

  • Street children and vulnerable children: Hopeful stories of practice
  • Narrative family therapy
  • Intergenerational narrative practice in relation to intergenerational trauma – explorations by Jewish narrative practitioners with reflections from Rwandan colleagues.
  • Workshops on the Tree of Life approach which enables children and young people to address traumatic experiences without having to speak about them directly, but instead through the metaphors of trees, forests and storms.
  • Presentations by peer mental health workers about how narrative practice can support peer work.   
  • Workshops describing how narrative practices are being contextualised and used in culturally appropriate ways in Rwanda in relation to disability
  • The Team of Life narrative approach which uses sporting metaphors to enable young people to address traumatic experience. This approach, originally developed for a Ugandan context, is used by Rwandan colleagues with children who have lived on the streets and children and young people struggling with their mental health.
  • Strengthening resistance and resilience: The use of narrative practices in working with genocide survivors
  • Narrative practice and mental health
  • Narrative therapy and Christianity: How narrative practice and spirituality can work together in culturally relevant ways in African contexts.  
  • Indigenous research and narrative practice
  • Working with memory: Narrative therapy responses to diverse experiences of trauma
  • Aboriginal narrative practice – and exchanges between different peoples who have survived genocide
  • Saying hullo again, re-membering, narrative grief work in counselling and community work
  • Creative examples of narrative therapy documentation – including letters, certificates and songs!

What is included:

There will be two days of workshops 

And then a three day conference 

Registration fees below cover both the two days of workshops AND three day conference.

Early-bird registration

The rate for the conference is AUD$990 (for those in southern hemisphere) and USD$990 (for those in northern hemisphere). 

Register here:

Southern hemisphere participants, $990 AUD:

Northern Hemisphere participants, $990 USD:

Participants from Africa, to register for the conference please email us directly at

Call for papers/presentations/posters (limited opportunities)

We are looking forward to presentations from many different contexts at this conference. If you would like to share your work you can send us your  proposal for a presentation, paper and/or performances up until 1st November 2019. These proposals will be considered by our International Advisory Group and we will confirm whether these proposals have been accepted by the 20th December 2019 (Sorry for the delay! We received so many proposals we need more time to consider them all!).  Please note that we may not be able to tell presenters on the 1st December  how much time they will have for their presentation. We will let presenters know this closer to the time of the conference when the entire program is settled.  

This conference will include practice-based narrative therapy and community work presentations from experienced practitioners as well as presentations and performances from further a-field. As there will be limited spaces for papers, presentations and performances at this conference we know that making the selections will be a challenging process! A lot of thought goes into the development of the conference program – including ensuring a diversity of issues and themes addressed, as well as ensuring that the presenters represent the diversity of the field in terms of culture, class, race, sexuality, disability and age. We will however do our very best to ensure that opportunities are created within the three days of the conference for those who wish to share their work with others to do so!

Within your proposal please indicate: 

  • Why you are interested in sharing your work at this conference
  • Which aspects of the work that you wish to discuss are offering you the most hope, sustenance
  • Which aspects you are struggling with and/or are raising dilemmas

Please also describe:

  • The particular skills of narrative practice that would be demonstrated within your presentation
  • The key themes that would be covered within your presentation
  • Any key theoretical concepts that you will be linking to descriptions of practice

If you will be sharing the stories of others within your presentation, it would be really helpful if you could briefly describe the process that you will be going through to take care in relation to the politics of representation. Thanks. Please send your proposals to 

Helpful websites

The official tourism website Visit Rwanda is full of tips about travelling to the ‘heart of Africa’. 

Living in Kigali is a website is full of helpful tips about the different neighbourhoods in Kigali 

For information about all that Rwanda has to offer outside of the city centre, Claudien Nsabagasani is full of advice. His company, Birding and Educational Tours Rwanda, runs many different tour experiences. 

About our conferences

Our conferences are organised as ‘community events’ that seek to be congruent with the key principles of narrative practice. Some of our aims include:

  • To provide high quality presentations on the latest thinking and application of narrative ideas and to do so in ways that enable people of differing experience to be both engaged and challenged
  • To enable people of different cultures, countries, genders, ages, class backgrounds, physical abilities, and sexual identities to come together, enjoy each other’s company, and have a sense that the conference program and processes include their perspectives, hopes, and ideas
  • To use the conference as a chance to acknowledge and come to terms with the history of the land on which it is held
  • To create an atmosphere that is non-hierarchical, with no pronounced difference between presenters and participants
  • To provide a forum for conversations that are expanding the field (not confirming it or simply reiterating what is already known).

Previous Conferences

Previous conferences have been held in Australia, Hong Kong (China), Kristiansand (Norway), Atlanta (USA), Liverpool (UK), Oaxaca (Mexico).

Practical things! 

This conference is being hosted by Dulwich Centre Foundation. 

Cancellation policy

–  Please note that a handling fee of AUD$100 applies in relation to any cancellation prior to January 31st, 2020.

–  For cancellations occurring between February 1st to July 20th, 50% of total fee will be refunded.

–  After July 20th 2020 no refunds will be given, however, a paid-up place can be transferred to another designated person.


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