This Eagerly Anticipated Series is Now Under Construction

Brief Description of Series

How in the world do you expect yourself to briefly summarize narrative therapy, no matter how hard you try or how much time you devote to it?  I had tried to do what was impossible for me: To reduce 40 years of practice and thinking about that practice, a 15 year long partnership with Michael White, who sadly died in 2008, and collaborations with many others to develop what came to be first known as narrative therapy, and what I am now referring to as Contemporary Narrative Therapy.  David Epston, 2020

Co-founders  Michael White and David Epston, first introduced Narrative Therapy to counseling in 1990 with the book, Narrative means to therapeutic ends. Since then, David (DE) has co- authored and authored  100s of publications and presented 100s of international workshops. The upcoming  Where the Buses Don’t Run Yet online series will articulate and demonstrate David Epston’s approach to narrative inquiry, which he has been developing with colleagues over the past 15 years. Together with Kay Ingamells, the series explores Contemporary Narrative Therapy through text, videos, transcripts and interviews. Now in active production, this series builds on the sense of wonder, adventure and innovation that David brings to his conversations and collaborations.  While awaiting the series, check out the YouTube playlist and other resources in our Hot Topic for the new decade: David Epston: Improvisation, Innovations and Collaboration.

Contemporary Narrative Therapy with David Epston and Kay Ingamells

First Course in Series!

Through a range of audio, video, text and teaching tales, the first self-paced course in this series explores Contemporary Narrative Therapy, an emergent approach distinguishable from Classical Narrative Therapy (1985-2008).  Building on collaborations  between narrative therapy co-founders Michael White and David Epston,  this foundational course reviews and illustrates such foundational practices as The Craft and Art of Narrative Inquiry, Getting to Know a Person’s Uniqueness, Counter-storying, Possibilities from the Future, Playful and Imaginative Approaches, and Letter-Writing.   We begin with this brief introduction to the Art of Narrative Inquiry.

Contemporary Narrative Therapy

Two Interviews with David Epston

Exploring Interviews with Joel & Jane/Tim

Second Course in Series!

Drawing from the practices in the first course,  David and Kay  intensively study actual interviews, guided by two inter-woven themes: 1) What is a good question and what does such a question do? and 2) What is a good story and how does it ‘counter’ a problematic story? Studying videos and their transcripts, their commentaries pay close attention to specific counter-storying practices. Innovative teaching methods draw from ‘The Apprenticeship in the Artistry of Narrative Practice Program with David Epston, Kay Ingamells and Tom Carlson. For those interested in learning more intensive training situated within their own practice, this series serves as a gateway to The Apprenticeship.

First Interview: Here we will meet with Joel, who is 16 and has met with his counsellor 8 times. Joel has very irregular school attendance and when he does, he has panic attacks. His family migrated from South Africa when he was 12. His father has a long history of drug addiction and violence against Joel’s mother as well as Joel. Joel also has assaulted his mother. His parents are considering divorce. Prospects for his future appear very bleak save his aspiration to become a veterinarian.

Second Interview: Jane and her partner had 4 children, two of whom died from neglect. Neither were charged but their remaining two children were removed by the Child Protection Services. Her son was rejected at 11 placements and out of desperation was placed with Jane’s brother who was given custody. However, without any notice, he phoned Jane to tell her he would be dropping Tim off the next day and  did so. She had not seen him for 8 years and had no preparation for this. The Child Protection Services took legal action to provide weekly surveillance of this arrangement. This interview took place with the social worker who had visited weekly over a 2  year period after which any further surveillance was waived as Jane and Tim had bonded as mother and son. And Tim had stopped ‘weirding people out’.

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Our Presenters

David EpstonDavid Epston (Auckland, New Zealand) David Espton, co-founder of narrative therapy alongside Michael white, brings a sense of wonder, adventure and innovation to his conversations and collaborations. What makes a good question? What guides inquiry in narrative therapy? What are some narrative lines of inquiry? The collaboration between David and Michael began in the late 1970s, as continued for many years. David’s best known publications are White and Epston(1990), Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends; Freeman, Epston and Lobovits(1997),Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families and Maisel, Epston and Borden(2004), Biting The Hand That Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia, Narrative Therapy in Wonderland.

Kay Ingamells M.S.W., (Auckland, New Zealand) has been working with individuals, children, young people and families since 1990. Kay began her career working with troubled young people and children in residential care and in specialist agencies,  then spent nine years working in child and adolescent mental health. For the past ten years she has lectured in narrative therapy in higher education at undergraduate and post-graduate level and has been running a private therapy and counselling practice for children, families, young people and adults. For the last 12 years she has been supervised by the co-inventor of Narrative Therapy, David Epston, and has taught alongside David for the last 5 years. Kay has published several articles. She is currently writing and presenting about her apprenticeship with David Epston. She also provides one-on-one and group training called ‘Training Through Transcripts’, to narrative practitioners committed to bringing David’s practices into their own work.

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