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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Narrative Practitioner

ISBN 9781137005472
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practice Theory in Context

This book provides a guide to narrative theory and practice; a form of therapy which views people as the experts on their own lives. Rooted in the ideas of Michael White and David Epston from the famous Dulwich Centre, it offers a rich source of thinking and techniques for counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers and others working in the people professions.

Based on the author's teaching, practice and research experience, this book provides a bridge between theory and the basic principles and methods of narrative therapy. The book assists the reader in implementing the key ideas and techniques into everyday practice contexts, with the support of real-life case studies and conversation maps. Uniquely, it covers important subjects such as ethics and values, supervision and self-care.

LAURA BERES is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, King's University College at the University of Western Ontario. She trained at the Dulwich Centre in Australia while Michael White was still affiliated to the centre. is co-author with Jim Duvall of Innovations in Narrative Therapy: Connecting Practice, Training and Research (Norton 2011), based on a qualitative research project in a training and practice setting.

1. An Introduction to Narrative Practice
2. The Conversational Maps
3. Exploring What has been Implied
4. Moving Between the Conversational Maps
5. A Narrative Approach to Agency Practice
6. Critical Reflection as Inquiry
7. Spirituality and Narrative Therapy
8. Notes on Self Care.


Clear and very practice-relevant, this will prove an invaluable text for any student or more experienced practitioner who is serious about developing a narrative approach to their work.' – Nigel Parton, Professor in Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield, UK
'This book is beautifully written. Laura Béres clearly explains the underlying philosophy of narrative therapy and practice skills and discusses the use of narrative approaches in different contexts.' – Anna Gupta, Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
'Béres develops a detailed, engaging expose of the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of narrative therapy alongside the practical skills.' – Shona Russell, Co-director, Narrative Practices, Adelaide, Australia
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