Freedman and combs narrative therapy
Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities by Jill FreedmanI have been slowly re-reading the required texts from my Masters program, and this book was part of this journey. Originally, I read parts of it for a theory class (I think?) but now that I have actual therapy experience under my belt, I found it far more useful. It is straightforward and provides a good basic understanding of what makes narrative therapy unique. It also makes the same assumptions that many other therapy texts do, which is to assume the reader (likely a therapist) comes from a privileged background. Even as it extolls the benefits of creating space for clients own narratives, it does not consider the effects of the therapists own placement and identity within our society and culture as relevant to the process. I would argue that it is, and that it is an important point to consider as it can and often does affect the clients meaning-making process.
Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities
Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives. An easy-to-read introduction. They might also be speaking about particular ways of talking with people about their lives and problems they may be experiencing, or particular ways of understanding therapeutic relationships and the ethics or politics of therapy. There are various principles which inform narrative ways of working, but in my opinion, two are particularly significant: always maintaining a stance of curiosity, and always asking questions to which you genuinely do not know the answers. I invite you to read this book with these two principles in mind.
They have co-authored more than 30 journal articles and book chapters and 3 books -- Symbol, story, and ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapy, Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities, and Narrative therapy with couples Jill practices therapy in the Chicago area and consults to organizations and schools. She is on the international faculty of the Dulwich Centre and teaches in the low-residency Master's program in narrative therapy and community work offered by Dulwich Centre and the University of Melbourne. Gene, recently retired from his position as clinical associate professor at University of Chicago, serves as a board member for the American Family Therapy Academy. Jill and Gene teach internationally and their workshops are valued by both new and experienced clinicians for the warm and down-to-earth manner in which they expand therapeutic vision and skills. Narrative Therapy with couples
Jill Freedman M. Freedman , Gene Combs. This book describes the clinical application of the growing body of ideas and practices that has come to be known as narrative therapy. The primary focus is on the ways of working that have arisen among therapists who, inspired by the pioneering efforts of Michael White and David Epston, have organized their thinking around two metaphors: narrative and social construction. The authors are as concerned with attitude as with technique.
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