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Therapeutic Writing: A one-day workshop on reflective writing, designed to help patients living with chronic physical and mental illnesses

Allan Peterkin, MD, Rex Kay, MD, & Julie Hann, OT

Date: November 11, 2011


We are the stories we tell.  A growing body of literature shows that writing and talking about personal stories can help patients living with chronic physical and mental illnesses.  Mount Sinai Hospital has been at the forefront of developing the theory and application of Narrative Competence Therapy.  Join three skilled therapists, each with more than 10 years experience, and learn how these techniques can be incorporated into your group and individual work.  This seminar will incorporate theoretical, practical and experiential components to explore the use of narrative-based therapy and therapeutic writing in everyday treatment.


What You Will Learn

At the conclusion of this one-day course, participants will be able to:

  • critically evaluate the therapeutic value of narrative theory and its scientific evidence
  • use narrative competency techniques with individuals and groups in clinical practice
  • become better attuned to narrative aspects of experience that emerge in all therapeutic work
  • improve understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of narrative competency therapy, and know key techniques involved in using therapeutic writing
  • improve knowledge of the literature and clinical rationale for therapeutic writing



Dr. Allan Peterkin, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He is a co-founder Editor of Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities ( and Head of the Program for Narrative and Humanities in Health care, Mount Sinai Hospital.  Dr. Peterkin is also the co-developer of a form of therapeutic writing known as Narrative Competence Psychotherapy.



Dr. Rex Kay, MD, Psychiatrist, Mount Sinai Hospital, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, a Psychoanalyst with the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology, as well as a co-developer of Narrative Competence Psychotherapy.


Julie Hann, OT, is a Registered Occupational Therapist, Professional Practice Leader and Co-Facilitator of Therapeutic Writing Groups for the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns and General Psychiatry's Day Treatment Program, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital.  She is a co-developer of Narrative Competence Psychotherapy.


Workshop Fee

The cost for this one-day workshop is $195. Lunch is included.


Registration closed.  Waiting list only. 
For more information, please contact:

Connie Kim

Administrative Coordinator, MSPI

Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Psychiatry

925-600 University Ave.

Toronto ON M5G 1X5

416 586-4800 ext. 2473

416 586-8654