Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives offers a comprehensive introduction to and critique of narrative therapy and its theories. This edited volume introduces students to the history and theory of narrative therapy. Authors Catrina Brown and Tod Augusta-Scott situate this approach to theory and practice within the context of various feminist, post-modern and critical theories. Through the presentation of case studies, Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives shows how this narrative-oriented theory can be applied in the client-therapist experience. Many important therapeutic situations (abuse, addictions, eating disorders, and more) are addressed from the narrative perspective. Rooted in social constructionism, and emerging initially from family therapy, narrative therapy emphasizes the idea that we live storied lives. Within this approach, the editors and contributors seek to show how we make sense of our lives and experiences by ascribing meaning through stories which themselves arise within social conversations and culturally available discourses. Our stories don't simply represent us or mirror lived events; they actually constitute us--shaping our lives as well as our relationships. Narrative Therapy will be a valuable supplemental textbook for theory and practice courses in departments of Counselling and Psychotherapy and of Social Work as well as for courses in Gender and Women Studies.
Why and how therapy with even the most challenging kids can work. Collecting the best "stories of change and transformation" from her colleagues around the world, internationally acclaimed researcher on child trauma Lenore Terr explores diagnoses from PTSD to self-mutilation to tackle a fundamental question facing child therapists: Just how and when does therapy work, and what happens to make it work? This book illustrates both the art and the science of psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Students, practitioners and parents will all marvel and learn from the therapeutic turning points... More info
Frog, Dog, Flamingo and Dragon are all very upset - Frog has too many chores to do, Dog has writer's block, Flamingo is being bullied at school and Dragon's granddad has just died. Ladybird listens to their worries and comes up with a plan that will help them all - let's learn Ladybird's Remarkable Relaxation! This beautiful picture book teaches an effective yoga relaxation technique that can be used anywhere and anytime to deal with a problem. Little Ladybird flutters from big toe to knee to thumb and... More info
This book offers answers to questions such as: How do you know what to externalise? What is post-structuralism and how is it relevant to the therapy world? What is the fit between feminism and some of the practices of narrative therapy? and many, many others! It also provides detailed examples of therapeutic conversations shaped by the narrative practices of externalising, remembering, outsider witnessing and re-authoring. If you are trying to engage with narrative practices in your therapy or community work then... More info