Brief Description of the Series
As our intellectual ancestors, co-founders David Epston and Michael White established the philosophical foundations, key concepts, ethical considerations, and specific practices guiding narrative therapy. Their enormous contributions – collaborative and individual – inform how we position ourselves as narrative practitioners, view problems as separate from people, and guide our narrative inquiry. Through 15 years of partnership, they gave voice to the hope and intention that we would continue to try different modes of inquiry, develop new practices, and integrate these cherished ways of being with people that fit with our own local experiences and socio-political contexts.
When Michael suddenly died in 2008, we wondered what would become of narrative therapy. David has continued to infuse narrative therapy with an innovative, playful spirit, developing an approach to narrative inquiry with colleagues over the past 15 years that David brings to his conversations and collaborations. Over the decades, in response to changing professional, social, and cultural contexts, narrative practices have evolved in many ways, establishing Contemporary Narrative Therapy. A new generation of narrative therapists has emerged!