Narrative in Psychotherapy
Narrative Therapy in the Postmodern World
Alan Parry & Robert E. Doan
Guilford Press, 1994
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES The reader will be able to:
• Apply the principles of narrative therapy
• Use the interactional dynamics of family therapy to demonstrate how to deconstruct oppressive and debilitating perspectives
• Replace the disabling stories with liberating and legitimizing stories
• Develop a framework for more intentional, more fulfilling lives
• Apply narrative therapy techniques, inventions, interviewing guidelines, and therapeutic questions
Alan Parry is a psychologist and family therapist at the Family Therapy Program at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.
Robert E. Doan is a counseling psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.
Each of us has a story to tell that is uniquely personal and profoundly meaningful. The goal of the modern therapist is to help clients probe deeply enough to find their own voice, describe their experiences, and create a narrative in which a life story takes shape and makes sense. Emphasizing the vital connections among personal experience, family, and community, the authors of this provocative new book explore the role of narrative therapy within the context of a postmodern culture. They employ the interactional dynamics of family therapy to demonstrate how to help people deconstruct oppressive and debilitating perspectives, replace them with liberating and legitimizing stories, and develop a framework of meaning and direction for more intentional, more fulfilling lives. Blending scientific theory with literary aesthetics, Story Re-Visions presents a comprehensive collection of specific narrative therapy techniques, inventions, interviewing guidelines, and therapeutic questions.
The book is full of ideas and interventions that one can use in a variety of clinical situations. The beginning therapist will welcome it, as the book will provide a clear template for incorporationg a narrative approach into their existing work as well as providing a broad range of readily adaptable techniques. --Contemporary Psychology
This book provides the reader with an excursion through the fascinating territory of the narrative metaphor, and visits many of the sparkling developments in the therapeutic practices that are informed by this metaphor.... There is something for everyb ody here. Quite some achievement!-Michael White, BASW