This book will offer a condensed and easily accessible account of the theoretical background of Narrative Therapy. It is written for therapists and trainers who want a broader understanding of White and Epstonís Narrative Therapy and who may want to apply it in different arenas of clinical work. Unlike many narrative therapy books, this orientation will be concerned with a more integrative orientation; which includes both a philosophical groundings and practice. Distinctions, developments and connections to other forms of family therapy practice will be considered. It will trace the development of the model in the family therapy field as well as placing it within broader movements of other psychotherapies and the fields of literature, anthropology and philosophy. Itís evolution in the UK will be described and contrasted with developments in other parts of the world. Narrative techniques and practice will be described with case examples from a range of settings. Clinical material will be based on practice in the UK context; including the connection to the NHS and British culture. A chapter will describe how Narrative ideas and techniques can be taught and shape the training context. Expansion of the practice will include material on supervision, organizational consultation and adult services.
About the Author:
Paula Boston, MSW, UKCP Psychotherapist is Director of Family Therapy Training at the University of Leeds. She began working as a family therapist in the US in the late 1970s and moved to the UK in 1982 to train as a family therapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic . She was introduced to Narrative ideas at a conference in Doncaster UK in the 1990s, when she had moved from London to Leeds. Since then, she has incorporated narrative ideas into family therapy and training.