Archived Kenwood Center News and Training Events


July 28 & 29. Advanced Ethics & Boundaries Training In the Age of Technology by Gary Schoener, MEq, LP.  3.0 CEUs. Past outstanding training with rave reviews for the new Kenwood Center Advanced Training Institute site, the Minnetonka Community Center. See Program Archive Below.

❏ Friday, August 12, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. A Daylong Retreat. Buddhist Psychology, Narrative, Mindfulness and Creativity by Walter Bera, PhD, LP. LMFT. 6.5 CEU’s. Open to all! Registration fee includes light lunch and beverages for $50; At Door $60 if space is available.  Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN, 55345.

❏ Saturday, August 20, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Introduction to Narrative Therapy: Liberating Approaches for the Effects of Trauma and Abuse by Walter Bera, PhD, LP. LMFT. 3 CEU’s. Registration fee $25; At Door $30 if space available. (3.0 CEU’s). Interested participants can also register for Informational Lunch & Conversation that follows. See below. Minnetonka Community Center. Minnetonka, MN.

❏ Saturday, August 20, 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm. Informational Lunch & Conversation on the Narrative Movement led by Walter Bera, PhD, LP. LMFT. (1.0 CEU). Registration fee $10 includes light lunch. At Door $15 if space is available. Learn about the local, national and international developments in Narrative Therapy and Community Work. Learn about present and future applications in theory, research and practice and why the Narrative movement is being so widely embraced in multiple countries, cultures and communities. Explore the Kenwood Center Narrative Therapy and Consultation Certificate Program, Online Training Options and Resources, University of Melbourne Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work Degree, and more. Space limited and paid registration required. The Minnetonka Community Center, Minnetonka, MN.

❏ Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Two-Day Master Class on Narrative Therapy with Narrative Therapy Co-Founder David Epston and Narrative Bioethics Scholar and Writer Art Frank. Regular registration cost $350; Student discount $250. Held at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. For information/registration contact NDSU Professor Tom Stone Carlson, PhD [email protected] or Michelle Pearson, [email protected],T: 701-231-8534.W:



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❏ Friday, August 12, 9 am – 4:30 pm. Buddhist Psychology/Narrative Retreat Reg $50 includes lunch/Door $60   _____

❏ Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 am – 12:30 pm. Intro to Narrative Therapy: For Trauma & Abuse Reg $25/Door $30 _____

❏ Sat, Aug. 20, 12:45 – 2:30 pm. Info Lunch & Conversation at Mtka Center. Reg. $10 includes lunch/Door $15.      _____

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Archive of Past Kenwood Center Programs and Events


Advanced Ethics & Boundaries Training In the Age of Technology

Wow. Friday, July 29, 2016, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm SOLD OUT! But the same great program is now open the evening before.

Thursday, July 28 from 5:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Gary Schoener – Version 2

Gary R. Schoener, MEq, LP

Director of the Institute for Consultation & Training of the Walk-In Counseling Center

Held at

The Minnetonka Community Center

Shady Oak Training Rm (2nd Floor)

14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

Registration fee only $25. At the door $30. Bring your devices!

Cutting edge training for all social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, consultants and coaches. Earn 3.0 Approved SW CEU’s (#CEP-85) and a Professional Training Certificate.

Enjoy great conversation with some light food, drink and free WiFi!

For Quick Easy Registration/Information, just call the Kenwood Center at 612-377-9190 x 1 or email [email protected].

Program Details

Presenter: Gary Schoener is a Clinical Psychologist who is Director of the Institute for Consultation & Training, of the Walk-In Counseling Center.  He served as Executive Director of the Center for 37 years. The Center is the only program in the upper Midwest to have received the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Achievement Award in Hospital & Community Psychiatry. Gary has done training on ethics & boundaries for 40 years internationally and was the H.B. Williams Traveling Professor of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.  He is a frequent expert witness on standard of care in clinical work, supervision, and administrative duties. He also evaluates professionals who have been disciplined by licensing boards.  He has done consulting and training in a wide range of settings and fields from AODA work to social work, nursing, and professional counseling in many settings.

Program Description and Challenge: Can you answer the questions addressed in This training?

In this dynamic interactive training, learn methods of balancing clinical duties with ethical/legal demands in the context of today’s service challenges. Case examples illustrate such issues and questions as:

  1. What are the dangers and the opportunities presented by electronic media?
  2. What are the concerns related to conducting Internet searches on clients?
  3. How might you respond to client encounters on the Internet?
  4. How might blogs provide support and also risks to clients?
  5. How can you deal with Internet harassment and sites that rate health professionals?
  6. What is the role of “apps” for practitioners and clients in service provision?
  7. What  appropriate use with clients of texts and email, Skype and distance service provision?
  8. How might you develop a formal and informal social media policy?

Want Answers? Bring your smart device and download Gary’s detailed handout: Advanced Ethics & Boundaries Training In the Age of Technology.

Objectives (at the end of this activity the participants will be able to):

  1. Explain an ethical decision-making model and apply it to a real clinical situation
  2. Discuss standards regarding interaction with former clients
  3. Discuss issues in terminating care and issues with client abandonment
  4. Discuss different options in having a policy on doing Internet searches on clients
  5. Articulate potential benefits from blogs as well as risks to client welfare
  6. Discuss issues in examining possible use of an app
  7. Explain issues in remote service provision via the telephone or Skype

The 2015 Spring International Narrative Therapy Symposium!

We are now restructuring our Training Offerings to accessible online and more…

You’ll get information as we continue moving toward online and other training approaches hosted by the Kenwood Center

DavidandWalter_000Narrative Therapy Co-founder David Epston of Auckland, NZ and Kenwood Center Founder Walter Bera, PhD, after the May 2015 International Narrative Therapy Symposium in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Look forward to upcoming virtual training opportunities including Critical Advances in Psychotherapy and Evidence Based Narrative Practice, Narragrams 3.0: Visualizing Narrative Therapy, Narrative Based Mindfulness Training, Narrative Hypnosis, A Manual and Guide to Narrative Informed Forms and Practices in Modernist Settings covering HIPAA and insurance company approved Informed Consent, Intakes, Co-Diagnostic Assessments and Therapy Planning, Collaborative Narrative Release of Information, the brief Narrative Individual Relationship Questionnaires (NIRQ) for meaningful client informed session input and outcomes, Progress Notes, and more. Full participants can earn 2.o to 6.5 CEU hours/training experience which can be applied for credits in Psychology, MFT, and SW. All workshops are led by Walter Bera, PhD and other great training Staff.

To be put on the mailing list for to get the latest on these new workshops as they develop,  email [email protected], and type “Please put me on the Kenwood Center Mailing List” in the subject line with your Name and preferred Email Address and any other contact info in the Body of the Email. You can also call the Kenwood Center directly at 612-377-9190 x 1 and get put on the list.

Thank you all…

The Kenwood Center’s Narrative Therapy and Consultation Certificate Program

Stay Tuned: New Special Workshops and Online Learning Program in Development Now.

Online learning from the leading Narrative Therapy training center in the Midwest United States and clinic in Narrative Therapy theory and practices. This is envisioned to be a comprehensive, on-line version of the nine-month long Kenwood Center Narrative Therapy and Consultation Certificate Program that been conducted since the Kenwood Center’s was founded in 2000 by Walter Bera, PhD. The didactic workshops and training are led by leading local and international practitioners and trainers including Kenwood Center Founder Walter Bera, PhD, Narrative Therapy Co-Founder David Epston of Auckland, NZ, and others. Full participants can earn CEUs in Psychology, MFT, and SW as they go through the program. Get on our mailing list when we launch…

To get a taste of what our online presentations will be like, check out the currently available Narrative Video Workshops On-Demand:

Access our Zen Koans workshop with Dosho Mike Port is now available on our website. Click here for details and registration! (Upon receiving your registration confirmation, we will email you the link and password that will allow you to view the workshop.) We have a whole library of videos we are working to convert and edit, and we will be making them available starting in the fall of 2014. These videos will be available for purchase through Vimeo on Demand. To stay up-to-date on our most current training options, please get on our emailing list.