Narrative Healthcare Atelier & Certificate Program


Narrative Healthcare Atelier & Certificate Program

Canada’s First Advanced Training Seminar in Narrative-based Healthcare for Health Practitioners and Educators across Clinical Disciplines

Visiting Keynote Presenter Rita Charon MD

Course Directors Allan Peterkin MD & Michael Roberts MD

with Ronna Bloom MEd, Allison Crawford MD, Bill Gayner MSW,

LJ Nelles MFA, PhD (candidate), Eva-Marie-Stern & Shelley Wall PhD

June 3-6, 2016

Explore and reflect critically on your clinical practices, challenges, personal and professional growth as health providers using narrative, storytelling and arts-based learning.  This 4 day workshop is designed to help you improve outcomes and to humanize your experiences within complex healthcare contexts. Themes related to relationship-centered care, professionalism, team collaboration and the hidden curriculum will be explored through visual, cinematic and literary texts including fiction, drama and poetry.


This intensive, interactive atelier will apply narrative theory and reflective practice in the contexts of interprofessional patient-centred healthcare, research and education.  It aims to:  enliven your engagement and collaboration as clinicians and educators from all disciplines; support best practices as teachers, clinicians and lifelong learners; transform the paradigm of your daily professional practice with a renewed commitment to the core values of humanistic healthcare.


Rita_CharonRITA CHARON, MD, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Charon completed a Ph.D. in English literature when she realized how central are storytelling and listening to the work of doctors and patients. In addition to directing the Humanities and Medicine curriculum at Columbia University, she teaches literature, narrative ethics, and medical interviewing. She is the author of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics (Routledge 2002) and Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (Oxford University Press, 2008).  Dr. Charon has been a Principal Investigator on research projects that study patient-physician communication and the outcomes of narrative training for medical students and other health professionals.  She has published and lectured worldwide on the ways in which narrative training helps to increase empathy and reflective capacity in health professionals and students.

Allan_PeterkinALLAN PETERKIN, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Health, Arts and Humanities Program ( and curates Team Narrative, a group of colleagues who work in many health and training settings, from undergraduate medical schools to post-graduate residency programs to ICU staff. He is the author of 14 books for adults and children including, “Staying Human During Residency Training” (6th ed., 2016) and is a founding editor of the literary journal Ars Medica ( He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College

Michael_RobertsMICHAEL ROBERTS, MD, FCFP, is an Assistant Professor, Health and Humanities Lead and Professional Development Coordinator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  An Innovator and Medical Education Scholar in the use of reading and writing to encourage reflection and resilience, Dr. Roberts has facilitated Narrative Medicine training through Faculty Development locally and nationally within the field of Family Medicine.  Dr. Roberts is co-author with Dr. Peterkin, “Narrative Means to Professional Ends: New Strategies for Teaching CanMeds in Canadian Medical Schools” (CFP 2012).

Atelier Fee: $1,000;  $1500 for physicians //  Certificate Fee (by application only), an additional $500

For more information about the Narrative Atelier Program (including the 4-Day Schedule) and the Certification in Narrative-based Healthcare, or to register, please visit