Narrative Therapies with Children and their Families

A Practitioner's Guide to Concepts and Approaches

Edited by Arlene Vetere, Emilia Dowling

© 2005 – Routledge

336 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Narrative Therapies with Children and their Families introduces and develops the concepts and principles of narrative approaches to therapeutic work and demonstrates how narrative based approaches to practice provide a powerful and client friendly framework for engaging and working with troubled children and their families.

Using clinical examples, each chapter develops a methodology around narrative practice and gives practical advice on working with narrative therapy in a variety of settings. Covering a broad range of difficult and sensitive topics, including trauma, abuse and youth offending, this book succeeds in illustrating the wide application of these principles in the context of the particular issues and challenges presented when working with children and families.

This practical, practice based book will be welcomed by any professionals in the field of child, adolescent and family mental health who want to explore the benefits of employing narrative based approaches in their work.

Reviews

'Professionals in the fields of child, adolescent and family mental health will, however, derive a new sense of optimism from these resolutely up-beat pages.' - Martin Guha, Journal of Mental Health

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Arlene Vetere and Emilia Dowling

PART ONE: NARRATIVE CONCEPTS AND THERAPEUTIC CHALLENGES

CHAPTER 1: NARRATIVE CONCEPTS AND THERAPEUTIC CHALLENGES

Emilia Dowling and Arlene Vetere

PART TWO: NARRATIVES OF CHILDHOOD

CHAPTER 2: NARRATIVES AND PHANTASIES

Margaret and Michael Rustin

CHAPTER 3: NARRATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON CHILDHOOD DEPRESSION

David Campbell and Judith Trowell

CHAPTER 4: CHILDREN’S NARRATIVES OF TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES

Gerrilyn Smith

CHAPTER 5: CHILDREN WHO WITNESS VIOLENCE AT HOME

Arlene Vetere and Jan Cooper

CHAPTER 6: ENGAGING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A THEATRE OF POSSIBILITIES

Jim Wilson

PART THREE: NARRATIVES OF WORKING WITH FAMILIES

CHAPTER 7: NARRATIVES OF FATHERS AND SONS: ‘THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FATHER’

Sebastian Kraemer

CHAPTER 8: NARRATIVE THERAPY WITH CHILDREN IN FAMILIES WHERE A PARENT HAS A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM

Gwyn Daniel and Bernadette Wren

CHAPTER 9: THE CHANGING CONTEXT OF PERMANENCY: UNIFYING STORIES IN THE CONTEXT OF DIVIDED LOYALTIES

Rita Harris and Sara Barrett

CHAPTER 10: PARENTING ADULT CHILDREN: A PROJECT COMBINING NARRATIVE, CLINICAL and EMPIRICAL METHODOLOGIES

Myrna Gower, Emilia Dowling and Irvine Gersch

PART FOUR: NARRATIVES IN SPECIAL CONTEXTS

CHAPTER 11: WHOSE STORY IS IT ANYWAY? CHILDREN INVOLVED IN CONTACT DISPUTES

Kirsten Blow and Gwyn Daniel

CHAPTER 12: NARRATIVES OF ATTACHMENT IN POST DIVORCE CONTACT DISPUTES: DEVELOPING AN INTERSUBJECTIVE UNDERSTANDING

Gill Gorell Barnes

CHAPTER 13: NARRATIVES IN PRIMARY CARE

John Launer

CHAPTER 14: NARRATIVES OF YOUNG OFFENDERS

Rudi Dallos

CHAPTER 15: NARRATIVE WORK IN SCHOOLS

Patsy Wagner and Chris Watkins

CHAPTER 16: NARRATIVES OF SCHOOL EXCLUSION

Sue Rendall

CHAPTER 17: NARRATIVES OF HOPE

Alan Carr

EPILOGUE: Arlene Vetere and Emilia Dowling

About the Editors

Arlene Vetere is Deputy Director of Clinical Psychology Doctorate training at Surrey University. She is President of the European Family Therapy Association and an Academician in the UK Academy for Learned Societies in the Social Sciences.

Emilia Dowling is a chartered consultant clinical psychologist and family psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre and in private practice. She is a visiting professor at the School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London and member of the Institute of Family Therapy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY006000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSY041000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family