Advanced narrative practice

Advanced Narrative Practice

This page is being moved and updated on, the first course in the longer advanced course series will commence on 24 February, 2020. Discounted rates apply for sectors (education, non-profit and faith based organisations, as well as individuals not sponsored by their respective organisations).

Presenting organisation: University of Pretoria (Enterprises Division)
Title: Advanced narrative practice (for coaches, facilitators, counselors, consultants)
Next commencing: 7-11 May 2018

Advanced narrative practice offers a versatile lens for engaging in a number of professional relationships from coaching, mentoring, therapy, facilitation and consulting work. It can be applied on both personal (eg. individual or family) and organisational levels (eg. groups/teams or larger organisational development processes)

Course Content

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Delivery mode: Class contact sessions
Assessment Type: Class Assignments and Coaching Assessment
Number of contact days: 5
Course Fee: R9500
Enroll now: through our course coordinator or email me Elmo Pienaar in the event of having any difficulties

Course coordinator: Nthabiseng Mokoka

Tel: 012 434 2566



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Added Value / Course Benefits

• The Advanced Narrative Practice course contributes to the Advanced Course in Personal and Corporate Coaching.

• It forms one of the modules of the Personal and Corporate Coaching programme and can therefore be upscaled when enrolling for either a two-/ three module course. Should participants wish to continue their learning they can do so cost effectively within a period of years – provided there are no major revisions in the course material and structure.

• Seeing that the course is tightly integrated into the advanced course, when the advanced course is completed it opens up opportunities to further studies on a Masters Degree level (with certain terms and conditions that apply).
• The opportunity to contribute to the participants coaching log for purposes of registering as a coach.
• Advice and guidance on the process of getting certified at the various coaching governing bodies.

• Certification from University of Pretoria, continued education, a leading university and registered with the Higher Education Counsel of South Africa.

• Intentional smaller groups for the purpose of advanced learning opportunity. (A different date will have to be scheduled for participants above a certain number as also influenced by available venue possibilities)

• Other relevant benefits include course material, snacks, coffee/tea, lunch.

Who should enrol?

Decision makers, Managers and Team leaders, Coaches, Facilitators, Mentors, Mediators, Consultants, Trainers, Organisational Development and Human Resources Practitioners, Transformation and Change Management Practitioners, Cultural and Diversity Practitioners.

Entrance requirements

Any one of the following and in order of what is most successful:

• Existing Practitioners in any of the professional/skilled helping modalities such as facilitation, consulting, counselling, mentorship from any discipline.
• Existing management or leadership positions
• 3-5 years work experience on at least management level
• Preferably undergraduate degree (or a case could be made in other instances)
• Other relevant continuing education short courses
• If uncertain, do not hesitate to inquire

Extended Course Options
The following four modules are part of a series that collectively forms the Advanced Course in Personal and Corporate Coaching. All the modules while presented independently are fully strategically aligned with one another

• Narrative Coaching – Level 1 (1 methodology) [19 – 23 February 2018] Or simply start with the next module and attend this one during February 2019
• Advanced Narrative Practice (1-3 Methodologies [07 – 10 May 2018] • Advanced GROW model and Quintessential Genres (1-3 Methodologies) [30 July – 03 August 2018] • Contextual-Collaborative Coaching (1 Methodology) [15 – 19 October 2018] • Key Assignment/Research Module [Non-contact driven]

Saving anything from R1,000 to R6,000 by combining courses/modules:
• Any one module/course costs R9,500
• Two modules R18,000 (Save R1,000) [Have to be enrolled for together] • Three modules R25,500 (Save R,3000) [Have to be enrolled for together] • Four modules (is the Advanced Programme) (Save R6,000)

Please note that the Research Module is effectively free but can only be taken in conjunction with enrolling with at least 3 of the 4 modules. However, if certain terms and conditions are met the Research Module can be taken separately so as to fulfil criteria for enrolling for a masters degree.

Course Leader Details:
Name: Dr Elmo Pienaar
Tel: Please visit website for ways to get in touch, relevant information and more at

Considering to rather enrol for the Advanced Course in Personal and Corporate Coaching of which this course is a component, visit:

Short introduction:
• For the past number of years, as a research fellow at the University of Pretoria, Dr. Pienaar took focus on the theme of Narrative and Spiritual Coaching in Organisational Development, comparing coaching to other practices such as consulting and facilitation. Prior to this he has been involved in profit and non-profit driven organisations and founded or developed several business.
• He is doing an Executive MBA programme in aid of having established a postgraduate research community exploring the area between Organisations and matters such as workplace spirituality. He is the course leader for the Advanced Course in Personal and Corporate Coaching presented by ‘Continuing Education at University of Pretoria’ and aspects of said course also offered by way of individual modules.
• His PhD explored the interaction between narrative ideas and the arts, covering personal to organisational settings.
• Apart from research endeavours, in practice he is a meaning architect, organisational consultant and mission-designer. He is a consultant at Telling Outcomes that works particularly with narrative practice. He brings together the theoretical rocket science and practice of skilled helping through which raises the standard of leadership, management and professional services such as coaching, mentorship, facilitation, consulting and counselling.
• He invites novelty, creativity and artistic thinking and application, will not let go of collaboration and empowerment, and sometimes gets into trouble by unknowingly deconstructing modernistic silos and challenging taken for granted beliefs and practices.

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