low-residency certificate



  • First half of the certificate can be taken for CME credit,

  • Intensive introduction to theory, methods, and applications of narrative practice,

  • Students collaborate with professionals from diverse fields, disciplines, and backgrounds, and receive practical training that can be incorporated into their lives and careers,

  • The culmination of the program is a project that students develop individually, in the group, and in teams,

  • Rolling admission process--applicants will receive an admission decision within two weeks after receiving a completed application package--class size is limited,

  • Equivalent of fifteen credits of coursework (two weeks in residency in Boston, two semesters online),

  • Two residency weeks take place in the CNP classrooms at 89 South Street in Boston (Aug 22-26, 2016, and Jan 9-13, 2017),

  • Students are responsible for housing and transportation,

  • $7,750 program tuition includes all meals during class times,

  • $50 application fee.

Workshop Location: 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111










First Residency Week: August 22-26, 2016

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016: What is a Story - Part One
Welcome and Overview 
Exercise: Introductions (Faculty)
Seminar: Narrative Turn (Craig Irvine, Ph.D and Arthur Frank, Ph.D) 
Seminar: Close Reading (Jase Miles-Perez, M.S. and Craig Irvine)
Performance: Oral Storytelling (Stories Live)
Opening Reception

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016: What is a Story - Part Two
Workshop: Cartoons, Comics, and Representation (Benjamin Schwartz, M.D.)
Seminar: Close Reading (Jase Miles-Perez and Craig Irvine)
Workshop: Writing Part 1 (Vivian Heller, Ph.D)
Seminar and Exercise: Disability Studies (Rachel Adams, Ph.D)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016: What Stories Can Do - Part One
Seminar and Workshop: Communities and Eliciting Stories (Mindy Fullilove, M.D.)
Workshop: Writing Part 2 (Vivian Heller)
Seminar and Exercise: Ethics of Listening/Narrative Ethics (Arthur Frank)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016: What Stories Can Do - Part Two
Seminar and Exercise: Trauma Studies and Human Rights (Jack Saul, Ph.D) 
Seminar: Close Reading (Maura Spiegel, Ph.D)
Workshop: Writing Part 3 (Vivian Heller)
Seminar: Art and Visual Representation (Elizabeth Gaufberg, M.D., M.P.H. and Anna Willieme)
Exercise: Dance and Representation  (Jeff Friedman, Ph.D + Pamela Quinn)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016: What I Can Do With Stories 
Seminar/Exercise: Narrative and Chaplaincy (Joanne Braxton, Ph.D, M.Div)
Seminar: Close Reading (Maura Spiegel)
Workshop: Writing Part 4 (Vivian Heller)

Fall 2016 Online Sessions (Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm EST)
Twelve (12) live weekly didactic and experiential sessions with CNP faculty that keep the students connected to the work, and to each other. The community building during the first residency week allows for a rich, productive online learning experience. 

September 6 - Jase Miles-Perez
September 13 - Rachel Adams
September 20 - Arthur Frank
September 27 - Jase Miles-Perez
October 11 - Craig Irvine
October 18 - Rachel Adams
October 25 - Maura Spiegel
November 1 - Arthur Frank
November 15 - Jack Saul
November 29 - Anna Willieme
December 6 - Didi Heller
December 13 - Anna Willieme

Second Residency Week: January 9-13, 2017
The group reconvenes to work on student projects, as a whole group and in small groups. Academic programming includes seminars in close reading and writing workshops.

Welcome and Overview 
Exercise: Reconnect
Seminar: Close Reading
Workshop: Student Projects

Workshop: Student Projects
Workshop: Writing Part 1 
Workshop/Exercise: Constructing and Deconstructing Story -- In Theater

Seminar: Close Reading
Small Groups: Student Projects
Workshop: Writing Part 2
Workshop: Embodiment 

Seminar: Close Reading 
Workshop: Writing Part 3
Workshop: Group Project 

Seminar: Close Reading
Workshop: Writing Part 4
Small Groups: Student Projects

Spring 2017 Online Sessions

  • Student project development individually and in teams, with continued didactic and experiential online sessions.

  • Six (9) live online project development sessions with CNP core faculty

  • Three (3) live didactic sessions


Rachel Adams, Ph.D - Disability Studies, Columbia University
[Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery]

Joanne Braxton, Ph.D, M.Div - Chaplain and Scholar, Braxton Institute
[Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition Within a Tradition]

Arthur Frank, Ph.D - Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Calgary
[Letting Stories Breathe; The Wounded Storyteller]

Jeff Friedman, Ph.D - Dancer and Professor, Rutgers University
[Mason Gross School of the Arts]

Mindy Fullilove, M.D. - Research Psychiatrist, NY State Psychiatric Institute
[Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities]

Elizabeth Gaufberg, M.D., M.P.H. - Physician and Arts Educator
[ArtMed inSight; Harvard Medical School]

Vivian Heller, Ph.D - Author and Educator, Bard College
[Joyce, Decadence, and Emancipation; The City Beneath Us]

Craig Irvine, Ph.D - Philosopher and Educator, Columbia University
[The Other Side of Silence: Levinas, Medicine, and Literature]

Pamela Quinn - Educator and Dancer
[NYU’s Edmond J. Safra Parkinson Program; Brooklyn Parkinson Group]

Jack Saul, Ph.D - Director, International Trauma Studies Program
[Collective Trauma, Collective Healing]

Benjamin Schwartz, M.D. - Staff Cartoonist, New Yorker Magazine
[Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons]

Maura Spiegel, Ph.D - Literature/Film Scholar, Columbia University
[Co-founder of the Program in Narrative Medicine]


• Cost of the nine-month certificate program: US$7,750
• There is a 3% surcharge for foreign bank wire transfers.
• You will receive an admission decision within two to four weeks of receiving your complete application package, and the first payment will be due two weeks after receiving your decision.
• Class size is limited, and your place in the class is not secured until your first payment is received.
• CME participants can register HERE for the first residency week without an application process.

2016 Tuition Schedule
• First tuition payment of $3,875 due within two weeks of acceptance
• 50% refund if withdrawn by 8/1/16 

• Balance of $3,875 due by 10/1/16 
• 50% refund if withdrawn by 12/15/16




What is a Story
Context | Complexity | Creativity

What Stories Can Do
Social Analysis and Activism | Conflict Resolution | Eliciting Stories from the Margins
Narrative Ethics | Promote Engagement | De-Stigmatization | Active Listening | Self Care

What I Can Do with Stories
Human Rights | Individual and Collective Trauma Work | Disability Studies | Social Work
Law | Chaplaincy | Creative Representation | Narrative Medicine | Research



The team behind the Center is at the forefront of developing methods to understand, research, and teach narrative and creativity. At the core of these methods is the practice of creativity and use of the imagination; the study and creation of literary work, film, theater, graphic novels, and other arts are fundamental threads in all of the tools we have developed, and the application of creativity is common throughout our methods.


Close Reading 

The act of reading something carefully--whether a poem, novel, short story, memoir or a painting, sonata, play--and attending to all aspects of its dimensionality (form, voice, temporality, diction, movement, space, etc.) teaches us to pay closer attention to all aspects of our world, and reveals the ways that attentive looking and listening can engage the complexity of human expression. 

Reflective and Creative Writing 
This is writing with an eye toward discovery of new meanings and new forms; writing as a tool for expansion of the mind and spirit, and discovery of un-covered aspects of self and connections to colleagues. We will provide training through the discussion of writing in the language of text and constructive criticism. 

Critical Theory
Narrative is our primary device for making sense of social action. "The Narrative Turn" in critical thinking takes as its starting point the fact that individuals, institutions, nations and cultures construct their identities by locating themselves within plotted stories. What's more, drawing forth and attending to stories that have no place among the repertoire of "legitimate" narratives--those of the vulnerable or silenced--require narrative skill.


Narrative Intervention
In a situation where people are struggling due to perceived ownership of certain deeply held beliefs or concepts related to work environments, the use of narrative, stories that no one "owns," can allow new elements to be seen and persons to re-connect and loosen their grip on whatever issues are affecting them.


The first residency week of the certificate program (August 22-26, 2016) can be taken separately for continuing medical education. Though not included in the CME credits, participants will also have the option to participate in twelve experiential and didactic live Online practice sessions during the fall 2016 term for no additional fee. Participants are also encouraged to complete the full certificate program.

This program is designed for physicians, health care professionals, and educators who are interested in developing effective communication strategies that can improve clinical practice, health care teams, and reflective habits. This group includes doctors, nurses, public health professionals, mental health professionals, social workers, chaplains, administrators, and scholars.

Activity Objectives
After participating in this activity, you should be able to:
1. Develop effective communication strategies with patients, families, clinical team members, and health care professionals. 
2. Develop attentive, ethical listening skills to foster empathy in physician-patient relationships.
3. Develop strategies for a narrative-based approach to fostering successful health care teams.
4. Demonstrate a comprehension of the principles and practice of a narrative-based approach to culturally sensitive heath care delivery.
5. Demonstrate a comprehension of the principles and practice of a narrative-based approach to medical ethics.
6. Develop skills to introduce the methods of narrative practice.
7. Develop the skills of reflective writing and close reading.
8. Demonstrate a capacity for the use of narrative practice as a means for personal enrichment and improved well-being.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 32.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Center for Narrative Practice. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

$3,375 - Mass Medical Society Members
$3,875 - Non-MMS Members