Welcome to the Windz Institute, the home of Brief & Narrative Therapy Training and Research. We are operated by ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids Centre of Learning and are located in Oakville, Ontario.
We represent the unwavering values, vision and passion at ROCK for promoting and achieving optimal mental health with children and families by increasing knowledge and building capacity with the professionals who serve them through accessible, affordable, high quality training.
As the home of brief narrative therapy training, education, research and community outreach, our service philosophy is non-pathologizing and client-centred, focusing on what is strong in people, rather than what is wrong in people.
We offer advanced training and education based on innovative knowledge and practice-based research. Our workshops, certificate programs and conferences reflect collaborative, strength oriented ideas and practices that address current service gaps and social issues.
Our therapeutic approach is highly effective in walk-in clinics, single session therapy, brief services, longer-term environments, or any service that aims to provide people the help they need, when they need it.
Accessible, Affordable, High Quality Training and Consultations
Windz Institute offers a variety of Workshops and Certificate Programs annually. We also provide consultation to organizations and communities who are interested in adopting a competency–oriented philosophy and practice. In addition, we produce conferences which create forums that make it possible to speak to gaps in knowledge and address current social issues. We are also involved in contributing to the broader literature, publishing in peer reviewed journals and contributing to books on a range of topics related to brief narrative practices.
In order to offer the highest quality and most current training available, our faculty and adjunct faculty team are comprised of locally and internationally renowned teachers and trainers.
Our faculty and guest presenters share a passion for non-patholigizing, collaborative and competency-oriented approaches to working with people.
Training with Karen Young, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Karen Young, M.S.W., R.S.W. is the Director of the Windz Institute, providing training through certificate programs and workshops as well as supervision to interns, organizing and designing training at organizations around the world, and overseeing research projects. For over 14 years, Karen has supervised and provided single session therapy at the ROCK walk-in therapy clinic.
Karen has been teaching narrative and brief narrative therapy for over 25 years. She is a therapist with 30 years of experience working with children and families. Karen has a great deal of knowledge and passion for narrative practices and is one of the few trainers who can teach the traditional aspects of the approach and new evolutions in the thinking. She has particular expertise in the application of narrative in brief and walk-in therapies. For Karen's complete bio click
Karen is so experienced and knowledgeable and has a way of making you feel safe in taking risks and trying new skills. I think this was the most valuable training I’ve taken to
Karen’s training was very engaging and relevant to the work we are doing with families. Her ability to simplify the process has left staff feeling as though we have a new set of tools for assisting families. This has motivated everyone for moving forward with the walk-in process. Thank-you Karen!
Karen’s workshop was one of the best one-day workshops for psychotherapists I have ever attended. Karen was thorough and clear and had excellent video demonstrations and practice exercises. I found it highly relevant and immediately usable. The next week my clients and I made some very helpful discoveries using this approach. Most of all, Karen modelled the philosophy of valuing and respecting the client’s unique nature and perspective on their world.
I wanted to send you a quick thank you for the wonderful training yesterday. I really appreciated the information and the many ways that you made it practical and impactful. I had no fewer than 10 Ah-Ha moments during the afternoon. I took away so much from the session yesterday and I know your insights and ideas will help me be a better therapist.
Our staff is still riding high from the training. One therapist used narrative with a tough client who she was feeling may need a hospitalization as they were not making any progress. She said he really responded and at the end of the session he said he felt hope, which was new for him. This therapist was struggling in previous weeks as a clinician, feeling as though she was not making progress with her clients, but now she is so energized to continue using this approach.
Another therapist used narrative as well and told me today one of his clients told him he was asking "very good questions today" and that she felt they were working better together.
So a huge THANK YOU for breathing much needed hope into our system.
I have heard from staff that they were blown away (multiple “aha moments”) by the training and most appreciative of what Karen was able to bring to the agency. Some described it as the best post graduate training they have had. The office is still a buzz today with lots of accolades about Karen and the content.