Drawing on the ideas of Michael White and David Epston, this fully revised, extended and updated Second Edition incorporates the progression of their thinking over the past five years and introduces developments initiated by other narrative therapists worldwide. New material has been added around counseling for post-traumatic reactions, couples conflict and a sense of personal failure.

Ideas Informing Narrative Therapy

Ideas informing narrative therapy

A Synthesis of Ideas

When I first read about narrative therapy I found that my background in person-centred counselling had not prepared me for ideas and practices familiar to family therapists, and I soon realized that White and Epston were saying things that were unorthodox even in this field. Their ideas came from an utterly unfamiliar conceptual framework, with few apparent connections to the assumptions underlying my own training. I hope that this chapter will provide a map by which readers new to narrative ideas may gain a sense of conceptual direction when exploring the territory of this therapy.

Michael White has exceptional skills for synthesis; he draws on ideas from diverse sources, sometimes conceptualizing and integrating them in ways ...

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