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February 2016 Collab Salon: Exemplary Tales: Part 2 with David Epston & Tom Carlson

Narrative therapy has depended heavily on the exemplary tale (otherwise known as the 'case story') as one of its most characteristic means by which its practice is told. Michael White had a mastery of such a form, and now David Epston continues in this tradition. In November 2015, we were delighted to welcome David, Sasha Pilkington & Kay Ingamells (Auckland), and Travis Heath (Denver) for a special two hour session of the Collab Salon about using case studies as pedagogy (Collab members can review this Past Salon here). This time, David was accompanied by his colleague Tom Carlson (North Dakota, USA) to share what they are learning from using exemplary tales as a pedagogy with Tom's students (Sarah and Anna) at North Dakota State University. Sasha Pilkington & Kay Ingamells also joined us. This was such a lively and thought provoking Collab Salon!

2022-04-19T20:25:44-04:00February 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

My Interest in David’s Inquiries

June 8, 2014 Judith Hi all, Thank you for asking about my project. I ‘met’ David through an email and subsequent conversations. I became curious about how he constructs his Inquiries, which are so distinctive and surprising, plus being ‘precise’, concise, and entice toward possibilities. (Enough ‘-ises’ to begin my USA summer!) I began taking a closer look at his questions/replies, sort of unpacking the pieces he puts into his sentences. This fascinates [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:29-04:00August 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

David Epston Workshops

David Epston has given several workshops in Vermont including, "The Poetics of Inquiry: What makes a good story" and "Can a person's mischief make trouble for a problem? A query for "former" children who have become therapists and the people who they are seeing."

2019-05-02T07:08:03-04:00February 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Characteristics of narrative ways of working

Jill Freedman and Gene Combs have been teaching and practicing narrative therapy for many years. They are the co-founders of The Evanston Family Therapy Center where they provide consultation and workshops for people interested in exploring the practice of narrative therapy for individuals, families, institutions, and communities. On their website, they post a number of excellent responses to the question, “What is Narrative Therapy?” These notes are taken from workshop handouts. Feel free to use these notes [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:47-04:00December 5th, 2013|0 Comments

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 [...]

2015-07-07T15:23:40-04:00November 26th, 2013|0 Comments