Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives

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SAGE Publications, Aug 3, 2006 - Medical - 324 pages
Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives offers a comprehensive introduction to and critique of narrative therapy and its theories. This edited volume introduces students to the history and theory of narrative therapy. Authors Catrina Brown and Tod Augusta-Scott situate this approach to theory and practice within the context of various feminist, post-modern and critical theories. Through the presentation of case studies, Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives shows how this narrative-oriented theory can be applied in the client-therapist experience. Many important therapeutic situations (abuse, addictions, eating disorders, and more) are addressed from the narrative perspective. Rooted in social constructionism, and emerging initially from family therapy, narrative therapy emphasizes the idea that we live storied lives. Within this approach, the editors and contributors seek to show how we make sense of our lives and experiences by ascribing meaning through stories which themselves arise within social conversations and culturally available discourses. Our stories don't simply represent us or mirror lived events; they actually constitute us-shaping our lives as well as our relationships.

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Catrina Brown, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, cross-appointed to Women’s Studies and Nursing. She is also a feminist psychotherapist in private practice with a focus on eating “disorders”. She is the co-editor of Consuming Passions: Feminist Approaches to Eating Disorders and Weight Preoccupation. She conducts research in the area of women, eating “disorders”, body image, trauma and sexual abuse, depression, and alcohol use problems.

Tod Augusta-Scott, M.S.W. is the program coordinator at Bridges - a domestic violence counselling, research, and training institute in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has taught at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He works as a consultant on issues of domestic violence for both government and non-government organizations. He is currently an editor for the Canadian Journal of Social Work. He publishes and presents his work internationally. His practice focuses primarily on issues of violence, sexual abuse, sexism, racism, and homophobia.

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