Training Class Details
Class Title: Narrative Practices (Part 1): History and Principles of Narrative Practices and Externalizing Problems – 3 CE Credits
Class Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 2
Class Location: Seneca Center for Education and Training - Berkeley/Oakland Center
6925 Chabot Road
Oakland, CA 94618
Class Trainers: Michael Mertz
Class Description:

  • Narrative Practices 1: History and Principles of Narrative Practices and Externalizing Problems – 3 CE Credits


    Presented by Mike Mertz


    This training is designed to provide an introduction to Narrative Practices for clinical staff, counseling staff, and non-professionals who work with foster youth. Participants will learn about the history of Narrative Practices and the underlying assumptions of the work.  Emphasis will be placed on how the approach was born out of a desire to center notions of social justice within the helping professions. Participants will learn about the process of separating problems from people (externalizing) and have opportunities to practice this skill.


    Class Objectives

    Participants will:

    • Identify two key underlying assumptions of narrative practices

    • Articulate key components of the Externalizing Conversations Map

    • Practice one externalizing problems conversation


      How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning?


    • Trainer Bio: MIKE MERTZ is the Director of Permanency and Family Engagement as well as a National Family Finding and Engagement Trainer with Seneca Family of Agencies. He also helped create and co-leads Seneca Family of Agencies Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative and advisory board. He currently coaches staff and trains providers nationwide on the Family Finding model as well as other family engagement strategies that foster collaborative endeavors for building lifetime support networks for children and youth.


      In addition to Mike’s vast training and coaching experience, he has over 26 years of experience leading and managing both residential and community based programs engaged in promoting the voice of youth and families. Mike’s work focuses on creating connectedness, building permanency, developing positive outcomes, and increasing the quantity and quality of engagement of organizations with the youth and families they serve.



      You must work with dependent (foster& probation) youth in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, or Monterey County in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend.



      Course meets the qualifications for 3 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.


      We are unable to provide certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed.



      • You must sign IN & OUT before you leave. 

      • You must fully complete SENECA CAMFT evaluations, before leaving your training, with your full name legibly written.



      Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing:



      All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer

      able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through

      registration confirmation email or by calling:

      Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004


      If you would like to report a grievance, please contact in writing:

      Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice

      6925 Chabot Road, Oakland, CA 94618


      In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the Training Department at 510-654-4004 at least 5 days in advance of the event.

      Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.