Description: This book is a presentation of a communication-based family therapy called the narrative solutions approach.
Purpose: The first three chapters present the development of the narrative solutions approach from its theoretical roots, citing early contributors. The next four present the authors' understanding about how problems evolve and how to help families reach narrative solutions. Five chapters present and discuss cases. The final two address particularly difficult situations such as mandated treatment. The authors objectives are"to present the integrative approach to psychotherapy developed over the past 15 years at the Catskill Family Institute," which focuses on how people overcome problems.
Audience: The authors do not explicitly declare the audience to whom their work is directed. Although the title does not make reference to family therapy, it could be reasonably assumed that is it directed to practicing family therapists. Both authors are clinical psychologists doing child and family therapy for more than 20 years. Both have published in journals, written chapters, and presented workshops on narrative solutions approaches to therapy.
Features: Overall, the book is appealing and customary in appearance. The book ends with a three-page reference list citing primarily books. Approximately 11 % of the references were published in the 1990s. The 10-page author/subject index appears to be adequately detailed. Case dialog is presented like a play's script, making it easy to read. Boxes graphically illustrate concepts clearly, and tables summarize material well.
Assessment: The book is a useful augmentation to the arsenal of books for family therapists. Developments in family therapy tend to be associated with specific charismatic practitioners, disseminated primarily in seminars and workshops rather than in scholarly journals or books. That fact makes this well-presented book a welcome addition.