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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (April 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393706923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393706925
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 0.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[F]lows with wisdom and clarity from beginning to end…Each chapter is full of gold nuggets and refreshing admonitions to clinicians. White’s humor, wisdom and heartfelt exhortations for professional clarity and judgment shine through…. Clinicians from every paradigm will learn, feel challenged and gain insight for .”

“[White] completely rearranged the theoretical and practice boundaries of family therapy.... The world has lost a gorgeous theoretical thinker and therapist. It’s now up to each and every one of us within narrative therapy circles and beyond to carry his ideas forward.”

“Hearing Michael ‘speak again’ through these pages was a real thrill!  David Denborough, Cheryl, and David Epston have fulfilled a major ‘labor of love’ in drawing out some marvelous gems from Michael’s unpublished works. Through their efforts, Michael extends his contributions to narrative theory and practice.... An enlivening read!”

About the Author

Michael White (1948–2008), one of the founders of narrative therapy and co-director of the Dulwich Centre, an institute for narrative practice and community work in Adelaide, Australia, made significant contributions to psychotherapy and family therapy. He is the author of Maps of Narrative Practice and co-author of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Frank on May 1 2011
Format: Hardcover
For those who believe that the late Michael White was one of the great therapists, this collection of writings--culled from his unpublished manuscripts--is a welcome addition to the fraction of his writing that is readily available. In her Epilogue, Cheryl White offers a useful discussion of the biographical and social context in which Michael formed his ideas. Readers previously unfamiliar with Michael White's work will find these short papers an excellent introduction. Scholars of narrative, as well as clinicians, will find many ideas to ponder and develop in this rich collection. In particular, Michael's adaptation of Michel Foucault's philosophy is probably the most creative "applied Foucault" to be found. Beyond therapy or Foucault, however, this is a great book about being human.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Is a very different way of seeing therapy Dec 30 2012
By Marta Rivera - Published on
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I love this book. It has been very helpful in my work, and Michael ways of thinking has changed my view of life. This narrative therapy has been useful in my work and in my life.
The way it is written, sharing experiences in a very humble way, no difficult or complicated ideas. Practical. The way it talks about responsibility or men behavior is so human. The way so understanding he speaks with a relative of a person who commits suicide, the way he shares his experience without being arrogant, as been equals...
He has a very good chapter about the turning points in the way he works therapy.
The introduction of David Epson is like a long letter to a beloved friend and colleague...
Is so nice to read it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Michael White is always worth reading July 17 2012
By Jennykching - Published on
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A must read for narrative therapy fans. Enjoyable, stimulating and refreshing. Though White can occasionally be a bit confusing, it's always worth perservering, as his basic humanity and revolutionary take on "mental illness" is a much needed antidote to potentially oppressive mainstream mental health approaches, which pathologise the individual, making a disease of perfectly understandable responses to stress, trauma and a pathogenic culture. i.e. the Western consumerist culture, which encourages us to constantly focus on our deficiencies and "failures". If you, as a therapist, want a book that will help you to empower your client, this is one that I would recommend.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
catching up with Michael White April 5 2011
By Mark Gordon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Many a time listening to Michael White during training programs or at conferences as part of his keynote presentations there were times when I'd want to pause just to try and better understand what was being shared. My hand written notes could rarely keep up. With this book, a number of Michael White's significant writings that contributed to his teaching and presentations are being shared for the first time. As noted by David Denborough and quoting Clifford Geertz (1983). This book has been about 'rescuing the said from the saying of it'.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
book review Sept. 18 2011
By Mr. J. Adams - Published on
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This book probably represents the final work of Michael white barring anymore unexpected discoveries. Friends and colleagues give fitting
tributes to him and his work, and lovingly and respectfully present these final previously unpublished works on various areas of interest to the field of family therapy and narrative therapy.

Highly recommended.
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Five Stars Oct. 18 2014
By MDR - Published on
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Great book-arrived quickly as advertised.