Narrative Therapy / Edition 2

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Overview

Narrative Therapy: An Introduction for Counsellors, second edition, offers a clear and concise overview of this way of working without oversimplifying its theoretical underpinnings and practices.

Narrative therapy places peoples' accounts of their lives and relationships at the heart of the therapeutic process. Its main premise is that the telling and re-telling of experience by means of guided questioning can facilitate changed, more realistic perspectives, and open up possibilities for the person seeking assistance to position him- or herself more helpfully in relation to the issues brought to therapy.

Drawing on the ideas of Michael White and David Epston, this fully revised, extended and updated second edition incorporates the progression of their thinking over the past five years, and introduces developments initiated by other narrative therapists worldwide. New material has been added around counselling for post-traumatic reactions, couples conflict and a sense of personal failure.

The book is illustrated with extensive examples of practice with individuals and couples. It is ideal for anyone on training courses in narrative therapy, and also for counsellors who wish to consider common ground between narrative ideas and their current approach.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412920124
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Payne is an independent counsellor working mainly in GP surgeries. During his previous career in Further and Adult Education he found his work was increasingly focussed on assisting students who were experiencing problems in their lives. He trained in counselling at Colchester Institute of Higher Education and gained their Diploma in Counselling. He has completed Intensive Training in Narrative Therapy with Michael White in Adelaide, South Australia, and is the author of Narrative Therapy: an Introduction for Counsellors (Sage Publications: Second edition, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John McLeod
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 An Overview of Narrative Therapy 6
2 Ideas Informing Narrative Therapy 18
3 Assisting the Person to Describe the Problem 42
4 Encouraging a Wider Perspective on the Problem 70
5 Asking Questions 103
6 Therapeutic Documents 127
7 Telling and Re-telling 157
8 Narrative Therapy in Practice 173
9 A Fresh Look at Assumptions in the Therapy Culture 195
Postscript 223
Appendix: Learning Narrative Concepts Experientially 224
References 229
Index 233
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