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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.

Practicing Psychiatry Through a Narrative Lens: Working with Children, Youth, and Families
Practicing psychiatry through a narrative lens: Working with children, youth, and families

Narrative therapy has been helpful to me in my work as a child psychiatrist with children, youth, and families. I have been trained in psychophar-macology, psychiatric diagnosis of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders (DSM) (American Psychiatric Association, 1980), as well as family therapy and, specifically, narrative approaches. I have, however, found combining the two worlds of psychiatry and narrative therapy challenging. Psychiatrists often speak the language of “the biopsychosocial model” (Engel, 1977) but are more individually oriented, while many of my narrative colleagues speak the language of social construction, “multiple perspectives,” and “inclusiveness” but often diminish the importance of medical, ...

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