This book shares stories of creative inventions by Aboriginal narrative therapists and community workers, including the ‘Shame Mat’, the ‘Language Tree of Life’, ‘Conversations with Lateral Violence’, and ‘Narrative community gatherings’. These significant innovations are expanding the field of narrative practice, not only in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts, but also across cultures and internationally.
Significantly, this book also illustrates how narrative practices are being used by Aboriginal communities to decolonise identity stories, to move beyond mental health labels, and to step out of missionary rules and closets of shame.
In this book you will find moving stories from individuals who are finding ways to have conversations with those who have passed on, or who are undertaking profound journeys away from the effects of alcohol and abuse. You will also read descriptions of community projects in which hard-won knowledge and skills in surviving injustices are being shared across communities and oceans.
We invite you to see narrative practice through Aboriginal eyes. This is both spiritual and political practice.
Barbara Wingard is a senior Kaurna Elder who has been involved with narrative ideas since 1994.
Carolynanha Johnson is a Adnyamathanha woman from the Norther Flinders Ranges is South Australia and currently works as a counsellor and educator at the cancer council SA.
Tileah Drahm-Butler is a Durumbal woman who lives in Kuranda, Far North Queensland. A social worker at Cairns Hospital, a member of Dulwich centre teaching faculty, and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.
Narrative therapy introduces the idea that our lives are made up of multiple events that can be strung together in many possible stories. These stories can be developed to find richer (or "thicker") narratives, and thus release the hold of negative ("thin") narratives upon the client. Replete with case examples from clinical practice, this is the first book to present a compelling evidence base for narrative therapy, interweaving practice tips, training, and research. The book's rigorous, research-based approach meets the increasing demand on therapists to demonstrate the effectiveness of their... More info
From the back cover: 'The last twenty years has seen the creation of a 'community of ideas' linked to narrative therapy and community work. We conceptualise our work at Dulwich Centre Publications as occurring within this 'community.' This book describes ways of linking practitioners and sharing ideas through the written word; ways of hosting conferences as community events; and ways of organising training courses for therapists that are congruent with narrative ideas. Most significantly, it contains stories of adventures from 'behind the scenes'! This book will be relevant to anyone... More info
This anthology contains a diversity of accessible, engaging, practice-based papers by narrative practitioners around the world. Articles include theoretical considerations; working with individuals, groups, and communities; co-research; and an approach to community mental health. The collection is rounded out by a collection of practice notes by Michael White. If you are wanting to understand more about narrative therapy and the different ways in which people are exploring and experimenting with narrative ways of working, this book will inform, challenge, and inspire. More info