Helping Clients Rewrite Their Stories from a Narrative Perspective

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  • September 13, 2019
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • 5 Core Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn (3045 Windy Hill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30339)
  • Investment: $115 before August 30, $130 after

Presented by: Linda Buchanan, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Buchanan founded Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders in 1993 which was acquired by Walden Behavioral Care in 2017. She is now Senior Director of Clinical Services with Walden which provides Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization and Residential care for individuals with eating disorders in Dunwoody, Alpharetta and Decatur.  Dr. Buchanan received her Master’s degree Georgia State University and a Diploma from the Psychological Studies Institute (now known as Richmont University) in Christian Counseling from which she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her work in founding ACE. Dr. Buchanan then went on to receive her Ph.D. from Georgia State University doing a residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She currently has a book in publication titled A Clinician’s Guide to Dealing with Pathological Ambivalence: How to be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side the content of which she has presented at multiple national conferences. She has published two chapters on her model of treatment of eating disorders which have been used as texts in a local doctoral program for Clinical Psychology students.  Additionally, she has published four research articles on the treatment of eating disorders including two outcome studies of the treatment provided at Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders.  She has been married for over 30 years and is the mother of two teenaged boys.


Workshop Description:

The narratives of our clients, are often full of fallacy that can negatively impact efforts toward recovery. These narratives are affected by the environment as well as the inherent sensitivity of the child and the age of the child when stressors were experienced. Stories that our clients tell themselves can contain false scripts which interfere with their ability to understand their needs and may create severe ambivalence about getting their needs met (specifically around the needs of comfort and efficacy). Additionally, every time a thought, feeling or behavior is repeated, the neural pathways are strengthened making it very difficult to believe affirmations or truths that others voice to them.

This presentation will provide a step-by-step procedure for dealing with this problem.  Useful definitions of schemas, narratives and scripts will be given so that techniques can be chosen to aid in dealing with each of these phenomena. The presentation will also provide very specific strategies for helping people increase awareness of the narratives which they have developed and understand the factors that have combined to influence their narratives. Attendees will be given handouts that clients can fill out to serve as a template for writing their old story in narrative form. Additionally, they will be given handouts which enable their clients to write a new story which utilizes aspects of their authentic self. These strategies will focus on identity and values. Finally, since insight is not enough to change the brain, participants will be given specific strategies that are well-designed for rewiring the brain to be receptive to the new narrative. Strategies will be chosen from ACT, DBT, and CBT.


Educational Objectives:

1) Describe a useful model for differentiating schema, scrip and narrative

2) Educate their clients on the various factors which affect the nature of narrative

3) Utilize a template designed to enable their clients to increase mindfulness of the false narratives that they have developed which may be preventing them from having a satisfying life and decreasing their ability to utilize therapy effectively.

4)  Utilize a template designed to enable their clients to re-evaluate their false narratives and write a new narrative which is more effective and true to their authentic selves.

5)  Utilize specific mindfulness strategies from a variety of sources such as ACT, DBT, and CBT for rewiring the old story and replacing it with the new narrative.


  • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration (Coffee, Tea, and Granola Bars Served)
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:00 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break (Lunch is on Your Own)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 Afternoon Session
  • 2:00 - 2:15 Break
  • 2:15 - 3:30 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 3:30 - 3:45 Continuing Education Certificates Distributed

What People Are Saying About This Workshop:

"Great workshop, loved it! Didn’t realize I was already utilizing this framework, but this provided wonderful structure and knowledge learned. I will incorporate the exercises into my counseling work.” - L.K.

“I enjoyed the relaxed self-confidence of the presenter. It helped me integrate what I’m currently learning about DBT with narrative. Linda puts her considerable knowledge and experience into her presentation. A seasoned professional, she is relaxed and engaging, encouraging interaction from her learners.”  - M.M.

“Great workshop! Her interventions were accessible. Most CEs are theory not application so this was really great for my toolbox!” - L.R.

“I really enjoyed the topic – Dr. B. really knows her stuff and obviously respects her clients.”

“Excellent workshop! Interesting, enjoyable and informative.” - T.R.

“It was a great workshop. It made a great difference with me personally as well as with my clients.” - M.M.

5 Core CE Clock Hours by:

  • APA:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ASMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • NBCC:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6502. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • GSCSW:  This workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Work.
  • MFTs:  This workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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