Re-imagining Narrative Therapy
Shortly before Michael died, he and David Epston had a plan to get together to reflect on the future of narrative therapy.
We didn’t want to start until we started, but Michael did hint at what he had in mind. In speaking aloud of this, I do not believe I am breaching any confidentiality, as it was our express intention to merely reculer pour mieux sauter or retreat backwards in order to better leap forwards and publish prolifically. That is how we imagined edging towards our respective dotages. But perhaps now we would have much more time to sit down and talk, think, read, exchange notes, and so on, rather than hurriedly catching up in the midst of conferences, at workshops where we were already fully engaged or at times overwhelmed with responsibilities. We weren’t thinking of a sinecure, but just more time. Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2016, pp. 79–87, p 81.
We include here David’s reflections on this imagined gathering, followed by several of David’s collective and collaborative initiatives that embody the spirit of narrative therapy.