Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - Medical - 229 pages
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White and Epston base their therapy on the assumption that people experience problems when the stories of their lives, as they or others have invented them, do not sufficiently represent their lived experience. Therapy then becomes a process of storying or restorying the lives and experiences of these people. In this way narrative comes to play a central role in therapy. Both authors share delightful examples of a storied therapy that privileges a person's lived experience, inviting a reflexive posture and encouraging a sense of authorship and reauthorship of one's experiences and relationships in the telling and retelling of one's story.

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I find a great deal of truth and therefore hope in this effort to coalesce the thoughts here of these authors on story and re-story
, "narrative means to therapeutic ends". That said, I am surprised at the lack of acknowledgement of the human spiritual aspect behind their premises, in fact, the very foundation upon which their intuition and knowledge arise from.
Story is the domain, even progenitor of the Creator "Himself". Without an understanding of the Cosmic "God Story", we are left with an inadequate and far less transformative "narrative means to therapeutic ends". We have left out the Great Healer, the One ancients referred to as Jehovah Rapha.
I do understand the secular preference for either downplaying the spiritual, or dismissing it altogether, but to do so is to deny a realm of knowledge and truth, which lacks the open mindedness of true science. Nonetheless, I can assimilate the means and ends here into my own concept of anam cara, and see its benefit as I see other psychologists of faith, (Benner, Crabb and others), apply the narrative, God Story approach to individualized therapy and healing.
}:- anonemoose monk


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About the author (1990)

Michael White (1948-2008), one of the founders of narrative therapy and co-director of the Dulwich Centre, an institute for narrative practice and community work in Adelaide, Australia, made significant contributions to psychotherapy and family therapy. He is the author of Maps of Narrative Practice and co-author of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends.

David Epston, M.A., C.Q.S.W. is coauthor of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends (1990) and Playful Approaches to Serious Problems (1997). He is a visiting professor at the School of Community Studies, UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland, and is the codirector of the Family Therapy Centre in Auckland.

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