Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Medical - 305 pages
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This book describes the clinical application of the growing body of ideas and practices that has come to be known as narrative therapy. The primary focus is on the ways of working that have arisen among therapists who, inspired by the pioneering efforts of Michael White and David Epston, have organized their thinking around two metaphors: narrative and social construction. The authors are as concerned with attitude as with technique. Believing that a solid grounding in the worldview from which narrative practices spring is essential, they begin with an overview of the historical, philosophical, and ideological aspects of the narrative/social constructionist perspective. This involves also telling the story of their own development as particular therapists in a particular part of the world during a particular historical period. The heart of the book is devoted to specific clinical practices: locating problems in their sociocultural context, opening space for alternative stories, developing stories, questioning, reflecting, thickening plots, and spreading the news. Each practice is described, located in relation to the ideas and attitudes that support it, and illustrated with clinical examples. In addition to conversations with people illustrating particular practices, three transcripts are included to show the subtle use of questions to develop alternative, preferred realities. Drawing upon the thinking of White and Epston, Karl Tomm, and others, the final chapter looks at the ethics of relationship that guide narrative therapists in the use of specific practices.
  

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User Review  - Janet Ferguson - Goodreads

A great book to start with if interested in narrative therapy. A very solid overview. Next, read White and Epston's book for more theory. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

One of my favorite books on therapy, and of course especially narrative therapy. It's very readable as an introduction but also has a lot of detail in it to help develop skills if you already know the model. Very approachable. Read full review

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Contents

From Systems to Stories
1
Opening Space for New Stories
42
Story Development
77
Questions
113
Three Transcripts
144
Reflecting
169
The Plot Thickens
194
Spreading the News
237
Relationships and Ethics
264
Bibliography
289
Index
299
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Combs is with the Family Therapy Center.

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