Narratives in the Suitcase Project - Training

Ncazelo Ncube-Milo will be joining us from her home in South Africa to offer training on her methodology "The Narratives in the Suitcase Project"

Date: Saturday 22nd January 2022

Time: 12pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Online via Zoom


This is an Open Practitioner Event

What is the “Narratives in the Suitcase Project”?

In 2013, supporting counselling work with refugee children, Ncazelo Ncube created a methodology she called “The Narratives in the Suitcase Project.”. The project sought to find out what children’s movements are really about.

In developing this Ncazelo’s intentions were to find ways for the neglected stories of the young refugees to be told from their point of view.

It needed to be project that would honour the hopes and dreams of children on the move and to support them to experience being connected to the things that are important to them; their loved ones, skills, knowledges and values.

It was hoped that this project would open up new possibilities for the young people as well as support those providing counselling services to children on the move to find meaning and derive hope in their work.

Image of Eugene and Ncazelo

Eugene Ellis talks with Ncazelo about the Narrative in a Suitcase project training and what participants can expect. Watch here

What Will the Training Cover 

Although the methodology was initially developed to respond to children on the move, it has been successfully used with other people who have had to relocate for different reasons. The training involves

  • Unpacking experiences of counselling work with people on the move
  • Working with metaphors in therapeutic contexts; and particularly focusing on journey metaphors
  • Five steps of the Narratives in the suitcase project


Who Can Attend the Training?

Mental health and psychosocial practitioners including:

  • People working with refugees and migrants
  • People working with displaced individuals and families
  • People working with children and young people living on the streets
  • Narrative therapy students and practitioners interested in using journey metaphors when responding to the effects of trauma and related hardships
  • People interested in collective and collaborative counselling and mental health services

Date: Saturday 22nd January 2022
Time: 12pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Online Via Zoom

Cost: £75

Bookings: Please note bookings close Friday 21st January 5pm 


See Ncazelo’s other online trainings and supervision for 2021 on her website.

 About Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo is the pioneer and co-developer of the Tree of Life Counselling Methodology. She is a Psychologist, Narrative Therapist and Psychosocial Specialist with over 15 years’ experience working in the area of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. She specializes in designing programs and interventions for various vulnerable groups and communities. Her work has largely focused on supporting children, women and communities affected by HIV and AIDS, poverty and conflict in East and Southern Africa. Ncazelo has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and Australia providing training in responding to hardships and trauma and sharing her experiences with mental health practitioners. Over the years, Ncazelo’s work has focused on developing culturally sensitive therapies to respond to the hardships and trauma experienced by children, women and communities. Her work is defined by what she terms the Imbeleko Approach to Therapeutic Practice born out of culturally sensitive practice. In recent years, Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo has developed other creative narrative practice methodologies. These have included combining the Suitcase project (Glynis Clacherty, 2004) with narrative practice and journey metaphors (see: More recently, working in partnership with six women living in informal settlements in northern Johannesburg, Ncazelo has developed the COURRAGE methodology. COURRAGE is a collective narrative way of working that has been developed to privilege the alternative stories of women who have faced significant hardships. It seeks to honour the strengths, skills and courage women show and use in the face of sorrow and grief.


In 2016 Ncazelo set up an organisation called Phola to reach marginalised children, women, families and communities affected by trauma related to poverty, losses, violence, HIV and AIDS, statelessness, conflict etc. Ncazelo’s vision for Phola is to bring hope and restore the lives of women, children and families using home grown therapies and creating mobile counselling services that are culturally appropriate and can reach the most disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities.

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