This section is a great resource for understanding what narrative therapy looks like in practice with children, adults, families and communities.

Responding to trauma workshops

You can sign up for a workshop by Angel Yuen offered by the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto by visiting the following page:

Community-based Narrative therapy

This page chronicles the partnership between the Evanston Family Therapy Center and  Dulwich Centre Institute of Community Practice & Ibuka, in their work of responding to the effects of genocide in Rwanda:

Friday afternoons at the Dulwich Centre

Watch the wonderful ‘Friday Afternoons at Dulwich’ videos. Happy viewing!  

Art and photo galleries from the Narrative Approaches website

A great place to view the marriage between art and narrative therapy can be found at:  

Narrative Therapy with children

Here are some great resources for working with children from the Narrative Approaches website:

A treasure chest of articles!

Narrative Approaches has a wonderful archive which they describe as a treasure chest of resources on narrative therapy: personal stories, academic articles, conversations, interviews, techniques, scholarship, notes, ideas and more. You’re sure to find something here that will interest you!

The Archive of Resistance: Anti-Anorexia/Anti-Bulimia

The Narrative Approaches website has built a lifesaving archive of personal stories, essays, poetry, art, scholarship, and conversations about the body, anorexia, bulimia, perfectionism, and identity. Have a look at it at:

Chene Swart on Narrative Coaching

chene swart

Hey, I just posted something about Chene Swart – her book, “Re-authoring the World: The Narrative lens and practices for organizations, communities and individuals. I included a delightful short video clip, which I found on the internet. Have a look here.

Re-Authoring the World: Chene Swart

Re-Authoring the world: The narrative lens and practices for organizations, communities and individuals is now available outside of South Africa as an e-book through (here). There are also instructions for ordering a hard copy on Chene’s “Transformations” website.

I had a black dog, his name was depression

This video – produced by The World Health Organization – tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”. It is based on the book by the same title by writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone. More information on the book can be found here.

Jill Freedman: Why “Why” isn’t Enough: Special Feature on Sandy Hook

Pitfalls and challenges in work with men… who use violence against their partners by Rob Hall

It has become fashionable for people to present their work in ways that don’t claim expert status. I must admit that makes writing this much easier as I do not feel like an expert despite working in the field since 1980. There is also a school of thought that says it is very important to outline, make clear and transparent, how central themes of work are derived. Others can then critique these themes and make their Read More

Challenging the effects of childhood sexual abuse

Charley Lang works with individuals, couples, and families at Narrative Counseling Center in Los Angeles, California ( A teacher of narrative practices, he is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Director of the BA Psychology Program at Antioch University. Charley wrote this article in response to requests from students and colleagues interested in seeing narrative practices at work while addressing issues related to trauma. The article documents his experiences consulting with a client in his private Read More

Narrative practices in mental health settings

Gaye Stockell and Marilyn O’Neil founded the Sydney Narrative Family Centre in Sydney, Australia. They have been engaging with narrative ideas for more than twenty years within psychiatric settings. Raymond & the Black Dot Gaye and Marilyn’s conversations  with Raymond in 1990 had profound effects on their work practices as mental health workers in a psychiatric rehabilitation center. Diagnosed as a schizophrenic, Raymond shared “A black dot” story that draws a link to  an experience Read More

Psychotic experience and discourse

“Michael White worked in state psychiatric hospitals, child and adolescent psychiatric services and was consultant for many years to a large state psychiatric hospital in Adelaide. Throughout his life Michael maintained an enduring commitment to questioning practices that were pathologising of people’s lives, and to developing collaborative ways of working. His work in relation to psychotic experience and, in particular, assisting people to revise their relationship with voices was a significant part of the interactions Read More

Collaborating with children and families in times of crisis

From isolation to community: Collaborating with children and families in times of crisis by Betsy Buckley & Phil Decter is posted on the Dulwich site. The article is written by Betsy and Phil. The recent (January, 2013) photo  includes Peggy Sax and Chris Behan who can take no credit for writing this excellent article!

Peggy Sax: Finding common ground: parents speak out about family centered practices

After 7 years, I wrote up the findings from my dissertation project about experiences of “finding common ground” between human service seekers,  providers, and planners. I interviewed about 100 people (group and individual) from different designated roles (parents of young children with mental health concerns; therapists, early childhood care and education and other providers; and federal & state planners). The article Finding Common Ground : Parents Speak Out About Family-Centered Practices was published in The Journal of Read More

Working with families with infants and toddlers

“Narrative therapy and family support: Strengthening the mother’s voice in working with families with infants and toddlers” (1997) was published in Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents by Craig Smith and David Nyland. This chapter is the first time I wrote something for publication about narrative therapy.  I remember the effort it took to rise to the occasion. I was grateful to Bill Lax for inviting me to write the chapter instead of the one he had Read More

Playful approaches to serious problems

David Epston’s playful approach invites mutual creativity in the resolution of family problems. His writings illustrate the hospitality, playfulness and “respectworthiness” with which David engages people facing difficult problems.Together with Jennifer Freeman and Dean Lobovits, David co-authored of the book, Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and Their Families,  now available in English, Spanish, Chinese and German. Clickhere to read a brief description of narrative therapy with children. In 1997,  following the publication of Playful Approaches Read More

‘Narrative therapy trauma manual: A principle-based approach’

 By John R. Stillman Recommended by Peggy Sax.   This book uses a journey metaphor to take the reader through the experience of narrative therapy. John conceived of this guidebook was conceived when invited to train social workers practicing within a community working and living on a garbage dump in Kien Giang, Vietnam. It makes narrative principles accessible to people through illustration and story. Each of the principles is woven into the metaphor of a Read More

Peggy Sax Workshop: Takoma Park, Maryland

Reclaiming Community out of Personal Catastrophe Peggy Sax, PhD Takoma Park, Maryland April 11, 2014 Presented by The Narrative Reading Group & The Center for Healthy Families at the Family Science Department, University of Maryland Through video, audio, and story-telling, Peggy Sax will explore therapeutic practices that engage clients who have survived psychological catastrophes -their worst nightmares – in the supportive actions of the communities around them, peer-to-peer support, and “giving back” practices. Weaving in Read More