Advanced Certificate in Narrative-Based Medicine

Build upon your foundation in Narrative-Based Medicine through the Advanced Certificate in Narrative-Based Medicine. This new offering allows learners to continue exploring their interest in narrative-based medicine through workshops, short programs, special sessions and activities in a wide range of topics and arts based modalities.


The Advanced Certificate allows you to continue your learning in narrative-based medicine, strengthen ties to our supportive professional community, and develop a personal portfolio of resources and skills to move NBM into practice, education, or scholarship.

Target Audience

Healthcare practitioners from all clinical fields and disciplines who have completed the Foundational Certificate (Digital Certificate) and are looking to continue their learning.

Areas of Focus

  • Narrative Strategies in Clinical Practice

    Learners will build skills that can be used for day to day clinical practice e.g. eliciting and responding to stories from patients and families, counseling techniques from narrative therapy, the use of therapeutic writing, bibliotherapy and poetry prescriptions, narrative-based supervision groups.

  • Creative and Reflective Writing for Healthcare Providers

    Narrative-Based Medicine begins, of course, with narrative – a way of knowing based on literary practice and attention. Whether interested in fiction, memoir, poetry, essays, drama, or some new form, learners will engage in intensive practical classes and workshops where they can share their work and take it further collaboratively and with expert guidance.

  • Storytelling through the Arts and Humanities

    A variety of forms and modalities, such as movement and presence, visual arts, photography, theatre and music will be explored in a series of exciting workshops. Gallery visits, improvisation sessions, mindfulness practice and other immersive, practical, hands-on experiences offer a unique approach to narrative-based medicine and the opportunity to radically reimagine healthcare practice through new ways of attending, reflecting and creating.

  • Ethics, Equity, and Inquiry in NBM

    Expand your understanding of ethical issues in NBM, and learn narrative strategies to promote equity in healthcare, and narrative approaches to inquiry. Topics may include: narrative bioethics, narrative advocacy, and narrative in qualitative research.

Learners can focus on one area or mix and match to create their own learning path by exploring topics of interest or those most relevant to their practice. Upon completion of a total of 40 credit hours (in addition to the Foundational Certificate), learners are eligible to apply for the advanced certificate which will recognize their achievement in Narrative-Based Medicine.

Note: NBM workshops, short programs, special sessions and activities may be taken as stand-alone offerings. Learners interested in applying these offerings to an Advanced Certificate must complete the Foundational Certificate in Narrative-Based Medicine in addition to meeting the requirements for the Advanced Certificate.

Advanced Certificate Requirements


Learners who have completed the requirements for the Foundational Certificate (Digital Certificate) are eligible to apply for the Advanced Certificate.

Certificate Requirements & Structure:

In order to be eligible to receive the Advanced Certificate, learners must complete:

  1. 40 credit/hours of approved electives (beyond Foundational certificate (Digital Certificate))
  2. 20 hours Independent Study Project (to be supervised by NBM faculty)

Learners may choose to take any of the workshops, short programs, special sessions and activities in any of the areas offered (see above). Electives must be completed within three years of beginning the Advanced Certificate (i.e. enrollment in your first Elective).

The Independent Study Capstone Project offers participants the opportunity to explore a topic of interest to them by completing a longer project in NBM under the supervision of a faculty member. It may be creative, reflective, curriculum-based or scholarly.

Total: 80 hours


Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows CPD to review and assess educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

As a result of a reciprocal agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The American Medical Association, and The European Union for Medical Specialties (EUMS), CPD is permitted to assign respective credits.