shopping cart
nothing in cart
 
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
home
about us
upcoming events
Oct 21st - Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program [SOS Workshops]
Oct 21st - Helping Families Heal: Addressing and Treating Trauma in Children, Youth and Families [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Oct 21st - Psychotherapy at a Crossroads: The Promise of Psychedelics and Plant Medicines [Leading Edge Seminars]
Oct 21st - 5-Session Clinical Extension Program: Practice Makes Perfect – Establishing a Successful Private Practice [Canadian Institute for Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CICAPP)]
Oct 22nd - When Death Darkens the Door: Supporting bereaved children and youth [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends
White, Michael and David Epston
Norton Professional Books / Hardcover / 1990-05-01 / 0393700984
Collaborative Therapies
reg price: $45.00 our price: $ 42.75
In Stock (Ships within one business day)

This book presents a respectful, often playful approach to serious problems, with groundbreaking theory as a backdrop.
The authors start with the assumption that people experience problems when the stories of their lives, as they or others have invented them, do not sufficiently represent their lived experience. Therapy then becomes a process of storying or re-storying the lives and experiences of these people. In this way narrative comes to play a central role in therapy.
In the early chapters Michael White, drawing upon the theories of Michel Foucault, presents some ideas about therapy:
that if, as Foucault contends, power and knowledge are inseparable, then therapists are unable to take a benign view of their practices, which are; indeed, inevitably political;
that unique outcomes can be identified and investigated as evidence of defiance of the power of the problem; and
that the identification and provision of space for the performance of alternative, previously neglected of subjugated knowledges is central to the therapeutic endeavor.

White’s “externalizing the problem” is a major theoretical and clinical innovation in family therapy. Once the problem is clearly separated from the person, one can look at the interaction of people and problems, asking such crucial questions as: Is the problem gaining more influence over the person or is the person gaining more influence over the problem? Both authors share delightful examples of a storied therapy that privileges a person’s lived experience, inviting a reflexive posture and encouraging a sense of authorship and re-authorship of one’s experiences and relationships in the telling and retelling of one’s story. In this, therapy narrative forms, particularly letters, documents, and certificates, become the means by which the person redefines the relationship with the problem. Letters are used to invite family members to ally against an oppressive trauma, to inform all concerned about a child’s victory over mischief, to summarize therapeutic progress and to predict future success, to celebrate the taming of fears, to declare independence from the tyranny of homework – in short, to externalize, raise questions about , and gain power/knowledge over problems.
This narrative means lead to therapeutic – and liberating – ends. -- from Narrative Books' website

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2019

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail info@cavershambooksellers.com
Hours: 9-6 M-W / 9-7 Th-F / 10-6 Sat / 12-5 Sun EST

search
Click here to read previous issues.
authors
Epston, David
White, Michael
other lists
Collaborative Therapies
Narrative Therapy
Norton Professional Books