If Problems Talked: Narrative Therapy in Action

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Guilford Press, 1996 - Psychology - 320 pages
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This unique book explores how clients' problems are defined by personal and cultural narratives that can be identified and retold in therapy. The authors share their therapeutic vision through a series of stories, fictionalized discussions, and minidramas, inviting readers to participate in an ongoing conversation by reflecting on their own responses to the case material presented. Written in an engaging and personal style that brings the theory to life, the book challenges normative ideas about both narrative and the therapeutic relationship. This book will be of interest to family therapists both novice and experienced from a range of orientations, as well as students and other readers interested in a creative and accessible approach to psychotherapy.
 

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Contents

This Is Not Kansas
3
When Students Talk
11
If Problems Talked
24
Finding the Enemy and Its Not Us
40
Things Are Closer Than They Seem
99
If Clients Talked
125
Feel Like a Stranger
154
Just Let Children Talk
189
Dissing Separation
207
Making Ourselves
232
A Different Experience of Training and Superiision
261
Epilogue
293
Appendix A
301
References
307
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Jeffrey L. Zimmerman Ph.D., and Victoria C. Dickerson, Ph.D., co-direct Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates in Cupertino, California, and train the Narrative Family Therapy Externship at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto. Widely published, they have collaborated on book chapters and many articles, which have appeared in Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Systemic Family Therapies, and Dulwich Centre Newsletter. They are coauthors of this book, making different but equal contributions to its creation.

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