What is narrative therapy?

Day-to-day Work of Narrative Therapy

On their website, Jill Freedman and Gene Combs posted and excellent description of “In the day-to-day work of narrative therapy. In January 2007, a group of narrative teachers participated in a wonderful narrative gathering in Cuba, Encountering the Spirit of Community in Narrative Therapy and in Cuban Social Programs, further adapted this list.   In the day-to-day work of narrative therapy, we: Start by seeking to join people in their particular experiential worlds (not by [...]

2015-08-18T12:07:19-05:00August 17th, 2015|2 Comments

What is narrative practice?

Narrative practice is a term that is replacing 'narrative therapy'. Many practitioners work in public sector settings such as early child care and education, social services, community mental health where “therapy” does not adequately describe their roles. Applications of narrative practices in community circumstances also demonstrate the limitations of speaking about “therapy.” What is Narrative Practice? (Video) Maggie Carey is a founding member of the Narrative Practices Adelaide teaching faculty. She has been involved in [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:24-05:00August 17th, 2015|0 Comments

An Introduction to Rich Story Development

Maggie Carey’s course, An Introduction to Rich Story Development is now open for registration! Course Description An Introduction to Rich Story Development with Maggie Carey offers a clear, concise and down-to-earth journey into topics about story development including the narrative metaphor, landscapes of stories, double listening, loitering with intent, mapping meaning and action, personal agency, listening for resonance, making links, and neurobiology. This course captures some of Maggie’s best teaching moments from her June, [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:25-05:00August 4th, 2015|0 Comments

An Introduction to Rich Story Development- Six Lessons!

An Introduction to Rich Story Development with Maggie Carey follows six lessons: 1) A quick outline; 2) An overall map; 3) The conceptual landscape of meaning; 4) The doing and experiencing; 5) Neurobiology and story development; 6) Putting ideas into practice. This course is now under construction.

2017-08-01T14:51:27-05:00August 3rd, 2015|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 [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:47-05:00December 5th, 2013|0 Comments

The dot exercise

Jill Freedman & Gene Combs (Evanston Family Therapy Center) show through a simple dot picture how the process of questioning can lead to the development of multiple storylines that open  possibilities for people’s lives.     Click here to download a pdf of the dot exercise. 

2017-08-01T14:51:48-05:00November 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Radical listening: An interview with Kaethe Weingarten

(reprinted from Inside Stories) Here's a Vicki Dickerson conducted in 1999 with Dr. Kaethe Weingarten about her work as a postmodern narrative family therapist. Dr. Weingarten is a clinical psychologist, peace psychologist, family therapist, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). She has been up to a lot since our interview, and her most recent work focuses on "reasonable hope, [...]

2015-08-21T19:39:13-05:00November 22nd, 2013|Comments Off on Radical listening: An interview with Kaethe Weingarten