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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: what is narrative therapy?
Name of author(s): Alice Morgan
Name of publisher: Maps of narrative practise
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Summary:

In the book there are introduction and first two chapters from Alice Morgan's influential and highly popular text, What is narrative therapy? It includes simple and concise explanations of the thinking behind narrative practices as well as many practical examples of therapeutic conversations. This book certainly doesn’t cover everything but hopefully it will serve as a starting point for further explorations. To assist this, included at the end of most of the chapters are references for further reading on various topics.
There are many different themes which make up what has come to be known as ‘narrative therapy’ and every therapist engages with these ideas somewhat differently. When you hear someone refer to ‘narrative therapy’ they might be referring to particular ways of understanding people’s identities. Alternatively, they might be referring to certain ways of understanding problems and their effects on people’s lives. 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 authors opinion, two are particularly significant: always maintaining a stance of curiosity, and always asking questions to which you genuinely she does not know the answers. She invites you to read this book with these two principles in mind. They inform the ideas, the stance, the tone, the values, the commitments and the beliefs of narrative therapy.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
This easy-to-read book which is designed as an introduction to some of the main themes of narrative therapy. It includes simple and concise explanations of the thinking behind narrative practices as well as many practical examples of therapeutic conversations. This book certainly doesn’t cover everything but hopefully it will serve as a starting point for further explorations. To assist this, included at the end of most of the chapters are references for further reading on various topics. 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.We review this book as it is very close to our project theme.
Where to find it: en.wikipedia.org/.../Narrative_therapy...

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