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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (Oct. 28 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787903132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787903138
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3 x 23.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The utility of this volume's conservative social constructionist praxis is undeniable. . . . Narrative Therapy in Practice nevertheless provides scholarly and lucidly assembled contributions that significantly broaden the scope of narrative praxis, and for this reason it is recommended reading." (Contemporary Psychology)

". . . recommend Narrative Therapy in Practice . . . to professionals and therapists in training who are interested in learning the theory and the practice of narrative work." (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)

?This book is a testimony to the spirit of a community of therapists in New Zealand who set about supporting each other in explorations of the practice, ethics and politics of what has come to be known as ?Narrative Therapy.? But more than this, it constitutes a powerful invitation to us all to follow suit, to join with others in the generation of new options for action in this work. Inspired reading.? (Michael White, Dulwich Centre, Adelaide, Australia)

?A wonderful book! Readable and lucid, it clarifies narrative therapy and its specifics for both the beginner and advanced practitioner--and it is also theoretically powerful. I liked the scholarship, the energy, the practicality, and the awareness of complex multicultural issues.? (Allen E. Ivey, distinguished university professor, school and counseling psychology program, University of Massachusetts)

?In this clearly written book, the focus is not on `experts' solving problems, it is on people becoming `consultants to themselves', and dissolving their problems by discovering in dialogue, the new and better, but previously unrecognized possibilities they already contain within themselves. An important and useful book indeed.? (John Shotter, professor of interpersonal relations, Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire)

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Narrative therapy, first introduced by Australia's Michael White and New Zealand's David Epston more than ten years ago, is based on the idea that problems are manufactured in social, cultural, and political contexts. Each person produces the meaning of his or her own life from the stories that are available in these contexts. As Narrative Therapy in Practice demonstrates, it is the spirit of collaboration that guides clinicians who use this this innovative approach. Together they work to help clients unearth competencies, talents, abilities, and resources and create a transformed ?redescription? of themselves. The information presented is grounded in solid theories and research in learning, language, and cognitive behavior. Using practical examples, clinicians are shown how narrative therapy can be applied in a variety of situations such as treating alcoholics, group counseling, work with indigenous native communities, and treating male sexual abuse survivors. Narrative Therapy in Practice is the result of an unusual collaboration of therapists, counselors, community and mental health workers, educators, and students who share a firm belief in the hopeful and cooperative style of this therapeutic process. The And result is a book that is as delightful to read as it is instructive, filled with illustrative examples that describe the nature of narrative therapy. The book also includes information on:
  • Using externalizing conversations to move the client's focus away from self-attack, recrimination, blame, and judgment, all of which work against productive and positive therapeutic outcomes
  • Deconstructing the problem and giving the clients an opportunity to examine unstated cultural assumptions
  • Asking questions and responding to stories to gain a complete account of the client's full experience of the problem, its history, and its influence

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10 1999
Format: Hardcover
There are so many books on therapy that reiterate old ideas or advance faddish approaches: this is NOT one of them. The authors develop a new way of assisting clients in overcoming problems in their lives using insights from social construction. The approach is respectful, optimistic, and culturally sensitive. This book is a wonderful antidote to therapist burn-out.
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By A Customer on May 26 2000
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This collection of chapters is essential reading for people learning the narrative approach. Brilliant!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A revelation. July 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are so many books on therapy that reiterate old ideas or advance faddish approaches: this is NOT one of them. The authors develop a new way of assisting clients in overcoming problems in their lives using insights from social construction. The approach is respectful, optimistic, and culturally sensitive. This book is a wonderful antidote to therapist burn-out.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It's helpful! Jan. 14 2009
By Chan Ho Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think it's helpful for those who want to study narrative therapy. The part one in this book is good for someone not familiar with narrative therapy, and the part two is just useful for someone who is in the practice of narrative therapy. I think everyone who like narrative therapy must not miss this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! The Kindle version needs some work. Feb. 9 2013
By Lindsay Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I got this for my Master's Project for graduate school. The book itself is incredibly helpful. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because the Kindle version is a little messed up. In my experience Kindle usually provides actual page numbers as well as location, but for some reason this book doesn't have it. This isn't a problem if you are simply reading it for fun, but if you plan on citing your sources, you are a little screwed.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive and easy to read Feb. 24 2006
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was required for a Narrative Therapy class I'm taking. It is well written with lots of examples from practice, ranging from child therapy to women with anorexia to community work.
Solid Introductory Text July 10 2014
By Sam B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a counseling student gearing up to consider practicum, understanding one's theoretical orientation is extremely important. Narrative Therapy is comparatively new, complex in underlying theory, and confusing to understand. I was able to take a class in the approach, and this was one of our required readings.

It is superb at breaking down the complex theory into manageable parts, and is able to provide a solid, comprehensible, (almost) systemic means of looking at Narrative therapy from meeting the client to (what in narrative passes for) termination. While it may not be quite enough to stand on its own as a one-text stop (some things are not explicitly identified in the text or glossary), it is definitely worth having on the shelf if you intend to use or familiarize yourself with narrative therapy.


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