1st Edition

Narrative Psychiatry and Family Collaborations

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ISBN 9780367774844
March 25, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Narrative Psychiatry and Family Collaborations is about helping families with complex psychiatric problems by seeing and meeting the families and the family members, as the best versions of themselves, before we see and address the diagnoses.

This book draws on 10 years of clinical research and contains stories about helping people, who are heavily burdened with psychiatric illnesses, to find ways to live a life as close as possible to their dreams. The chapters are organized according to ideas, values, and techniques. The book describes family-oriented practices, narrative collaborative practices, narrative psychiatric practices, and narrative agency practices. It also talks about wonderfulness-interviewing, mattering practices, public note taking on paper charts, therapeutic letter writing, diagnoses as externalized problems, narrative medicine, and family community meetings. Each chapter includes case studies that illustrate the theory, ethics and practice, told by Nina Jorring in collaboration with the families and colleagues.

The book will be of interest to child and adolescent psychiatrists and all other mental health professionals working with children and families.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Forword by David Epston; Part 1: From individualised to family-oriented practices; 1: A narrative family-psychiatrist; 2: Collaborative Family Therapy; Part 2: Narrative collaborative practices; 3: I am not the problem! We are the heroes!; 4: Mattering is at the heart of the matter; 5: Not untidy scribbles but a beautiful illustration of my life; 6: The helping map as a guiding light; 7: Therapeutic letter-writing; 8: Telling stories that make sense and inspire; Part 3: Narrative Psychiatric practices; 9: Naming? How might a diagnosis be best for me?; 10: Me, the Medicine and My Diagnosis; 11: Developing and co-creating shared wisdom; 12: Empowering the entire family; 13: Family Community meetings that matter; Part 4: Narrative agency practices; 14: Weaving the collaborative spirit through all our practices; 15: A continuously curious learning team; 16: The art of true helping; do dare to care; Afterword by David Epston; Addendum



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Nina Tejs Jørring simultaneously trained to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a narrative family therapist. Her vision is that child and adolescent psychiatry becomes more family focused offering co-created treatments. When a child suffers from psychiatric problems, the whole family suffers, therefore the family deserves to receive help together.


This book by Nina Tejs Jørring with June Alexander and David Epston is humbling in its humanity. It provides a vibrant insight into the practice of narrative therapy to work with our fellow human beings and their families in a compassionate, respectful way that can lead to very real changes for them when facing severe challenges from life. It brings together knowledge and skill from different fields including medicine, psychology, philosophy, the social sciences and synthesises these, illustrating much of the best of the art of treatment in mental health. Informed by science, it goes further, to the heart of establishing collaborative treatment, a journey with families that accompanies them while they establish their own creative solutions. It is generously threaded with stories to illustrate the approaches that the lead author and her team have developed from models originating with Michael White and David Epston.

Brian Jacobs, Emeritus Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

This is not a book written from an expert vantage point although Nina has vast backgrounds in both psychiatry and narrative family therapy. Despite her immeasurable skills there is humility and a spirit of collaboration at the heart of her practice. Terms like co-create, co-write, co-assess and co-decide are found throughout the book affirming Nina’s interest in shared knowledge. Session transcripts abound, bringing the reader into the therapy room, illuminating various aspects of narrative practice. This book offers a wealth of resources for anyone looking to enhance their skills in family therapy.   

David Marsten, LCSW, co-author of Narrative Therapy in Wonderland; Director of Miracle Mile Community Practice mmcpla.org