Due to requests from readers this issue focuses on ‘Children & young people: Dreams, responses and dilemmas’. The first paper, by Angel Yuen, proposes a ‘response-based narrative practice’ to assist children who have been subjected to trauma. The second, by Milan Colic, describes the use of narrative practices to explore the meaning of the dreams being experienced by a young person with whom he was working. And the third, by Jodi Aman, conveys ways in which narrative approaches can assist in linking families together when children/young people are going through difficult times.
Two papers on the theme of ‘Eating issues’ follow. Ali Borden describes the work of the Eating Disorder Center of California. She conveys how narrative ideas can be used within a treatment centre to provide opportunities for the renegotiation of identity in group settings. Cari Corbet-Owen then provides a brief ‘exposé of body-worry’.
The final section focuses on ‘Sharing dilemmas of practice’. This is a new section of the journal which we are pleased to introduce. Here, practitioners write about dilemmas they have encountered in their work and how they have tried to respond to these. These are not seamless descriptions of ‘perfect’ practice, but instead honest reflections on the realities of complex conversations. In future issues we wish to regularly publish writings from practitioners who have perhaps stumbled, or struggled with some aspect of practice and then found ways of responding to these circumstances. Both ‘sharings of dilemmas’ in this issue relate to work with men who have been violent and/or abusive. We are pleased to include the writings of Chris Chapman from Canada, and David Newman from Australia.
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