narrative therapy india

A space to share stories of our work using narrative practices with children, adults and families in the Indian context

Monthly Narrative Gathering – May, 2018

We had our second Monthly Narrative Gathering on 12th May 2018!

We invited participants to join us for an interactive session where Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy (Developmental Pediatrician) and Dr. Bela Doctor (Pediatrician) who shared stories of their work around the theme – “Exploring narrative ideas in pediatric work and navigating between being the expert and collaborating with the expert family”.

Participants reflected on the positions the professionals take moving between being decentered and influential, and sometimes being centered, in the medical context.


CMHTP – 4 Block 2 Day 3

Day 3 of CMHTP-4 Block 2 saw the community workers exploring the skill of double listening and the Re-authoring Map, while lending in their own stories and know-hows about curiosity, being influential in conversations, meaning-making and brought in metaphors to make the ideas richer, more visible.

CMHTP – 4 Block 2 Day 2

Day 2 of CMHTP – 4 Block 2 continued with externalizing conversations through activities, discussions, which deepened understandings regarding the externalization map, especially in our participants’ work context.

We even had a surprise visitor! Self Doubt was in our midst and our participants asked questions to Self Doubt that helped them understand its tactics and operations.

CMHTP – 4 Block 2 Day 1

Day 1 of the CMHTP-4, Block 2 has begun!
We are excited and curious to explore this journey with our participants, our co-travellers in learning narrative ideas and practices.

The day began with reflections from the Block 1 and introduction of the externalizing map, which saw rich reflections from the participants.

The day further witnessed the ideas find home among the participants through their personal stories and the metaphors they brought in.

Monthly Narrative Gathering – May 2018



Inviting everyone to join us for our next Narrative Gathering where Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy (Developmental Pediatrician) and Dr. Bela Doctor

(Pediatrician) will be sharing stories of their work around the theme

“Exploring narrative ideas in pediatric work and navigating between being the expert and collaborating with the expert family”.


Looking forward to seeing everyone


Date: May 12th

Time: 1 30 pm to 5pm

Venue: Ummeed Training Facility

Fee: Rs.100


Zoom is available for those who cannot come in person.


Please confirm your presence and details of the payment by emailing @


Speaker Bio


Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy founded Ummeed in 2001 to fill the unaddressed gap in services available for children with developmental disabilities in India. Dr. Vibha is also a great proponent of Family Centred Care, a philosophy which runs through all of Ummeed’s work, which has helped in building an ecosystem for the development of children with disabilities. Her expertise in the field of developmental disabilities has seen her as an influencer and contributor through multiple fora, examples being, (i) Committee Member of the Disability Chapter of the World Health Organization, (ii) Member of the Task Force Constituted by Ministry of Human Resource & Development and (iii) Core Member/ Independent Expert on the Technical Resource Group, of “The Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram” (translated as National Child Health Program) constituted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India. In 2016 Vibha is looking to take Ummeed’s reach forward by exploring advocacy and research. Vibha completed the Mental Health Training Program (batch of 2015) and uses Narrative ideas in her medical practice.

Dr Bela Doctor is a Pediatrician who has trained at KEM Hospital and Sion Hospital. Then went to the UK and trained in neonatology. Since 1997 she has been working in Mumbai and has special interests in the holistic care of children with focus on their development and mental wellbeing. She recently did the one-year mental health therapy course.  Currently she is attached to the SRCC children’s hospital, Saifee hospital and Bhatia hospital. She has her own clinic at Sukhsagar.  She has a degree in M. D., MRCP, DCH

Narrative Ideas and Practices travel to Shillong

Raviraj Shetty and Jehanzeb Baldiwala from the Mental Health Team traveled to the hills of Shillong, Meghalaya to explore Narrative Ideas and Practices with a group of commited practioners. The program was hosted by SAN-KER.31956734_1968416103230290_5467588505628573696_n.jpg

Collaboration with It’s Ok to talk

Yashna Vishwanathan from the Mental Health Team has been part of the National Youth Advocates Group, an initiative by It’s ok to talk – Sangath, New Delhi.

The recent meet-up involved the youth advocates exploring wide areas related to youth mental health such as community engagement, intersectional perspective to sexuality, and exploring theatre and mental health.

The meet-up also involved the advocates brainstorming about their projects to engage with the intention to reduce stigma around mental health and creating safe spaces.


Summer Fun Workshop

It’s that time of the year again!

Ummeed’s Mental Health Team is excited to invite children to a Summer Fun Workshop. The workshop is a space for children to ‘chill’ and have fun while exploring skills and activities.

There will be two batches of three days each from 14th -19th May 2018. 
To know more please see the attached flyers.
Registrations are open!

Monthly Narrative Gatherings

The Mental Health Team from Ummeed has been conducting training programs like MHTP and CMHTP and short-term training programs which involve using the Narrative Ideas and Practices. The participants come from diverse walks of life.

The Mental Health Team has initiated Monthly Narrative Gatherings as a way to bring people together who resonate with the ideas and share their work.

The Mental Health Team was very excited to conduct the first Monthly Narrative Gathering where Jehanzeb and Raviraj introduced the ‘Special Something’ and invited the participants to share stories about their “special something”.
After the sharing, the participants listed down the names of their special something which shall be compiled into a collective document and shared with them.


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