Presenting a compelling evidence base for narrative therapy.
Narrative therapy introduces the idea that our lives are made up of multiple events that can be strung together in many possible stories. These stories can be developed to find richer (or "thicker") narratives, and thus release the hold of negative ("thin") narratives upon the client. Replete with case examples from clinical practice, this is the first book to present a compelling evidence base for narrative therapy, interweaving practice tips, training, and research. The book’s rigorous, research-based approach meets the increasing demand on therapists to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach, critically reflecting on both process and outcomes, expanding on the concept of evidence-based practice.
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Endorsements and Reviews:
“This book derives from the authors' years of both teaching and researching narrative therapy together, as well as in their respective practices. This has yielded an immaculately-presented review on the one hand, and exciting and innovative directions to explore on the other. Innovations in Narrative Therapy feeds two birds—students and seasoned practitioners—with the same worm!” — David Epston, coauthor of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends
"This book is a must-read for students of therapy, practicing therapists, and educators.... The application of the critically reflective approach, coupled with the intense research work, is highly satisfying both from an academic and a practice perspective. I learned a lot from this book and it encouraged me to keep learning and stay open." - Jan Fook, Professor of Professional Practice Research and Director, Interprofessional Institute, University of London
“Kudos to Jim Duvall and Laura Béres for connecting practice, training, and research in one very readable, engaging volume! They invite us behind the scenes of their qualitative research project, showing us not just their work in a range of contexts, but also critical reflection on their therapy and teaching and how that influences its development. I found their description of pivotal moments and time particularly useful and inspiring.” — Jill Freedman, MSW, Director, Evanston Family Therapy Center, and coauthor, Narrative Therapy and Narrative Therapy with Couples
"Time and again, I have been asked about the 'evidence based' foundations for narrative practice, and about the relevance of narrative practice in short term and brief therapeutic contacts, and about the application of narrative practice to working with groups. I also encounter a high frequency of questions about the language of therapy, and about options for the development of collaborative partnerships with clients and trainees in the further development of narrative practice. This book addresses these frequently asked questions about narrative therapy." -Michael White, one of the founders of narrative therapy, author of Maps of Narrative Practice, and coauthor of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends
Part 1: Critically Reflecting: From Practice to Theory
1. The Significance of Story: A Historical, Cultural Backdrop
2. Storied Therapy as a Three-Act Play
3. Circulation of Language
4. Pivotal Moments
Part 2 : Extending Learning: From Theory To Practice
5. When All The Time You Have is Now: Re-visiting Practices and Narrative Therapy in a Walk-In Clinic
6. Journey from the Underworld: Working with the Effects of Trauma and Abuse
7. Working with the Languages of Addictions: A Story with Pivotal Moments t
9. 8. Group Practices with Men Who Have Used Abusive Behaviors
About the Authors:
Jim Duvall, MED, RSW, is the Director of Training at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Gail Appel Institute in Toronto, Ontario. He is also Senior Editor of the Journal of Systemic Therapies. Jim has been committed to working with collaborative approaches to therapeutic practice, research, teaching, community work and consulting activities for over 25 years. He teaches and consults internationally.
Laura Béres, MSW, PhD, RSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Her therapeutic practice, research, teaching and previous publications have all been influenced by narrative and post-structural ways of working. She maintains a small independent practice and also teaches and presents at conferences internationally.