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Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives offers a comprehensive introduction to the history and theory of narrative therapy. Influenced by feminist, postmodern, and critical theory, this edited volume illustrates how we make sense of our lives and experiences by ascribing meaning through stories that arise within social conversations and culturally available discourses.

Movement of Identities: A Map for Therapeutic Conversations about Trauma
Movement of identities: A map for therapeutic conversations about trauma
JimDuvall and LauraBeres

This chapter begins with an exploration of our philosophical positioning as narrative therapists and then presents a map for guiding therapeutic conversations toward the development of preferred story lines. We present these ideas in relation to our work with people who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse. We begin by reviewing three aspects related to our philosophical position: the need for people to talk about, or give voice to, their traumas; ideas about how memories and hope are both situated in the present; and the need to be aware of how “unknowable” another's experience can be. This philosophical position colors all that we ...

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