From the get-go, engaging prose makes this book fun—yes, fun!—to read. Vivid transcripts reveal the powers children have when their imagination, ingenuity, and sense of humor are engaged. Creativity is central to narrative therapy, as is moving past one-size-fits-all solutions. It is refreshing to learn how the creative capacities of each child and family can be channeled towards elegant and often unique resolution of the challenges they face, and to see the ‘wonderfulness’ of the individual child so centrally featured. This book affirms the effectiveness of collaboration between adults and children in the realm of imaginary know-how. —Jennifer Freeman, MFT, REAT, coauthor of Playful Approaches to Serious Problems
David Marsten, David Epston, and Laurie Markham’s Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting With Children’s Imaginative Know-How offers an alternative to therapeutic perspectives that treat children as vulnerable and helpless. It invites readers to consider how the imaginative gifts and knowledge of children, when supported by the therapist and family, can bring about dramatic change.
Readers will learn a variety of ready-to-implement strategies, including how to personify problems, compose letters to affirm children’s identities, summon fairies to lend a helping hand, and many more. Sample dialogues between the authors, children, and their parents bring the application of each practice to life, illuminating how even the most stubborn problem can be outwitted.
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About the Authors
Watch this brief youtube to hear directly from Laurie Markham & David Marsten about some of what excites them about this book.
David Marsten, LCSW, is the director of the Miracle Mile Community Practice in Los Angeles.
David Epston, M.A., C.Q.S.W. is a visiting professor at the School of Community Studies, UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland, and is the codirector of the Family Therapy Centre in Auckland.
Laurie Markham, MA, MFT, is a practicing therapist and teaches in master’s programs at Cal State University San Bernardino and Pepperdine University.
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