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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 offers a clear and succinct introduction to narrative theory and practice for all people professions. It not only describes the basic principles and methods in narrative therapy, but also assists the reader in integrating narrative assumptions and techniques in to practice, making it the perfect tool for students and practitioners alike.

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


“Social workers will be pleased to hear that, rather than focusing on ‘getting it right’, there is ‘a commitment to not being hemmed in by the expectations of theory’. The aim is to improve practice as we respond to new learning and to agency pressures, while meeting the recommendations of the Munro report, especially those that speak of working confidently with people and their hopes.” (Sarah Matthews, The Open University, UK)“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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