Narrative Therapies with Children and Their Families introduces and develops the concepts and principles of narrative approaches to therapeutic work and demonstrates how narrative based approaches to practice provide a powerful and client friendly framework for engaging and working with troubled children and their families.
Using clinical examples, each chapter develops a methodology around narrative practice and gives practical advice on working with narrative therapy in a variety of settings. Covering a broad range of difficult and sensitive topics, including trauma, abuse and youth offending, this book succeeds in illustrating the wide application of these principles in the context of the particular issues and challenges presented when working with children and families.
This practical, practice based book will be welcomed by any professionals in the field of child, adolescent and family mental health who want to explore the benefits of employing narrative based approaches in their work.
--- from the publisher
This an enthralling and exciting piece of work, which straddles current research and theory in three areas - psychoanalysis, family therapy and narrative therapy - in relation to work with children and young people in a way that is unique within the literature. It will be well-received by both practising clinicians and students on courses in clinical, educational and child psychology, social work, psychiatry and child psychotherapy.
John McLeod, Tayside Institute for Health Studies, University of Abertay, Dundee
Burck, Foreword. Dowling, Vetere, Introduction. Part I: Narrative Concepts and Therapeutic Challenges. Dowling, Vetere, Narrative Concepts and Therapeutic Challenges. Part II: Narratives of Childhood. Rustin, Rustin, Narratives and Phantasies. Campbell, Trowell, Narrative Perspectives on Childhood Depression. Smith, Children's Narratives of Traumatic Experiences. Vetere, Cooper, Children Who Witness Violence at Home. Wilson, Engaging Children and Young People: A Theatre of Possibilities. Part III: Narratives of Working with Families. Kraemer, Narratives of Fathers and Sons. 'There is No Such Thing as a Father'. Daniel, Wren, Narrative Therapy with Children in Families Where a Parent has a Mental Health Problem. Barratt, Harris, The Changing Context of Permanency: Unifying Stories in the Context of Divided Loyalties. Gower, Dowling, Gersch, Parenting Adult Children: A Project Combining Narrative, Clinical and Empirical Methodologies. Part IV: Narratives in Special Contexts. Blow, Daniel, Whose Story is it Anyway? Children Involved in Contact Disputes. Barnes, Narratives of Attachment in Post Divorce Contact Disputes: Developing an Intersubjective Understanding. Launer, Narratives in Primary Care. Dallos, Narratives of Young Offenders. Wagner, Watkins, Narrative Work in Schools. Rendall, Narratives of School Exclusion. Carr, Narratives of Hope. Dowling, Vetere, Epilogue.