In this thoughtful collection of interviews and essays, Michael White extends upon his explorations of the narrative metaphor in therapy. Thorough explorations of the thinking that informs narrative practice are interwoven with stories of therapeutic conversations shared. For those readers who are already engaged with narrative therapy, this collection will provide further food for thought.
-How does narrative therapy fit within the broader traditions of family therapy?
-How can therapists assist people to meaningfully re-engage with the histories of their lives?
-What ethical considerations inform narrative conversations?
-What have been the contributions of children to these ways of working?
-What are some of the ways in which notions of spirituality can be explored within narrative practice?
Table of Contents:
1. Children, children’s culture, and therapy
2. Challenging the culture of consumption: Rites of passage and communities of acknowledgement
3. Re-engaging with history: The absent but implicit
4. Reflecting-team work as definitional ceremony revisited
5. Diversity and family therapy
6. Direction and discovery: A conversation about power and politics in narrative therapy
7. Then and now …
8. On ethics and the spiritualities of the surface
9. An exploration of aesthetics