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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.

A Poetics of Resistance: Compassionate Practice in Substance Misuse Therapy
A poetics of resistance: Compassionate practice in substance misuse therapy
Colin JamesSanders

Dedicated in loving memory to my brother, Kieran Gerard Sanders, 1959–2004

In being invited to write this chapter, I have appreciated the opportunity to gather together for the first time some of the philosophical, theological, and theoretical perspectives informing my therapeutic practice, particularly over the years 1989 to 2003, when I worked as the clinical director at Peak House, Vancouver, Canada.1 Apart from several early formative influences and experiences, my work has been inspired by the ways in which persons suffering from substance misuse have variously interpreted their own experiences, including ways in which they have resisted labels, diagnoses, and the discursive power of prescriptive and ...

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