1st Edition

Brief Narrative Practice in Single-Session Therapy

By Scot J. Cooper Copyright 2024
    258 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Brief Narrative Practice in Single-Session Therapy emphasizes collaboration, meaning making, and relational ethics in single-session conversations. Chapters provide a thorough orientation to the therapy and address the diverse circumstances clinicians face in these conversations.

    Separating from many long-held traditions in therapy, this book explores a guiding framework and the accompanying micro-skills that therapeutic conversations demand. In these pages, readers will learn how to recalibrate their listening habits and talk differently about problems in ways that help them quickly hear and generate possibilities.

    All those who provide psychotherapy, counselling, and coaching in time-constrained contexts will find this book useful and engaging, including those working in crisis and call-in settings, walk-in clinics, medical centres, and live-in contexts where change conversations are brief.

    1. The Therapeutic Landscape 2. Key Concepts in Brief Narrative Therapy 3. Re-Visioning the Therapeutic Context 4. Calibrating Your Brief Narrative Ear  5. Phase One: Beginnings  6. Phase Two: Meaning Generation and Story Expansion  7. Phase Three: Conversation Endurance  8. Co-Crafting Take-Away Documents  9. Leave-Behind Documents  10. Externalizing Conversations  11. Counter-Storying in Single Session Therapy  12. Addressing the Effects of Trauma in a Single Session  13. The Game Plan  14. Re-membering Conversations  15. Single Session Therapy and Crisis Conversations  16. Navigating Children's Experience of Separation/Divorce  17. Developing Concepts for Living  18. Quality Assurance in Single Session Therapy 19. Conclusion 


    Scot J. Cooper is a registered psychotherapist and manager for child and youth mental health services in Ontario, Canada. With over 25 years of practice and teaching, Scot is one of the key voices shaping the quick access mental health service landscape in Canada.

    "This is an excellent introduction to how narrative therapy can inform the practice of single session therapy. Highly recommended!" 

    Michael F. Hoyt, PhD, co-editor of Single Session Thinking and Practice in Global, Cultural, and Familial Contexts: Expanding Applications 

    "As a practitioner and trainer of brief narrative therapy, I am interested in working in ways that attend to social justice and to co-creating conversations that are competency-focused, respectful and curious, so this is a book that I am really excited about! Brief Narrative Practice in Single-Session Therapy is for those that want to go beyond techniques and discover ways to integrate postmodern ethics with clear and inspiring ways of practicing single session therapy." 

    Karen Young, MSW, RSW, director of Windz Centre, Ontario, Canada

    "For those who want to discover how our stories are influenced by the politics of the world around us, engage in the ethics of intentional curiosity as resistance against medicalization of pain, and learn to be alongside communities and people as experts of their own lives, this book demonstrates ethics in practice. As a practitioner and teacher of narrative practices, I highly recommend this book for the carefulness and the skilled ways in which the stories have been written." 

    Dr. Raviraj Shetty, MOTh, co-founder of Narrative Practices India Collective, Mumbai, India