“Maps of Narrative Practice details the topography of a new and exciting therapeutic terrain. Michael White gives readers a compass and a legend to navigate it.
Drawing from more than 20 years of experience, White offers detailed maps of therapeutic conversations that carefully guide clinicians step by step—with practical examples, theoretical frames, and historical foundations—through the territory of effective therapeutic inquiry.” —Lorraine Hedtke MSW, LCSW, coauthor, Re-Membering Lives: Conversations With the Dying and the Bereaved
Since the publication of his groundbreaking work over 15 years ago, Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends—the first book to describe what has come to be known as narrative therapy—Michael White has been called a seminal figure and guiding genius of the narrative therapy world. His ideas and approaches represent major theoretical and clinical
innovations in therapy, and have influenced not just the realm of family therapy, but have proven equally effective in the treatment of trauma, addiction, eating disorders, bereavement, domestic violence, and more. In this much-anticipated book, White draws on his more than 20 years of clinical and professional experience to present readers with the definitive guide to understanding and successfully implementing narrative therapy techniques in their practice.
Maps of Narrative Practice expertly lays out the six main areas of narrative practice—(1) externalizing conversations, (2) re-authoring conversations, (3) re-membering conversations, (4) definitional ceremonies, (5) unique outcome conversations, and (6) scaffolding conversations—clearly explaining how to employ them in clinical practice, and
exploring the practical implications for therapeutic growth of each one. By visually charting clients’ stories from real-life transcripts, White shows us not only how we can better understand and interpret them, but he provides a living account of some of the therapeutic possibilities that can grow out of them.
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1. Externalizing Conversations
2. Re-authoring Conversations
3. Remembering Conversations
4. Definitional Ceremony
5. Unique Outcome Highlighting Conversations
6. Scaffolding Conversations
About the Author:
MICHAEL WHITE is Codirector of Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, an internationally-renowned narrative therapy training institute, counseling center, and organization that engages in community projects. The originator of narrative therapy, he has written numerous books, including Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends, with David Epston (Norton).