Workshop participants and students always ask me to recommend literature according to some of their needs. These are some of the needs that they express:
If I have just started learning about narrative therapy and can only afford one book, where do I start?
What is Narrative Therapy? ( By Alice Morgan )
This best selling book is an easy-to-read introduction to the ideas and practices of narrative therapy with accessible language, a concise structure and a wide range of practical examples. This book covers a broad spectrum of narrative practices including externalisation, re-membering, therapeutic letter writing, the use of rituals, leagues, reflecting teams and much more. If you are a therapist, health worker or community worker who is trying to apply narrative ideas in your own work context, this book has been written with you in mind.
Some other basic texts which include very good theory as well as clinical examples are:
Narrative Therapy: The social construction of preferred realities ( By Jill Freedman and Gene Combs )
This popular and accessible book describes the clinical application of the growing body of ideas and practices that has come to be known as narrative therapy. Jill Freedman and Gene Combs are highly respected teachers and writers who have been associated with narrative practice for many years. This book has played a significant part in introducing practitioners in many different parts of the world to the possibilities of narrative practice. Their writing style is clear and compelling. The heart of the book is devoted to specific clinical practices: locating problems in their sociocultural context, opening space for alternative stories, developing stories, questioning, reflecting, thickening plots, and spreading the news. Each practice is described, located in relation to the ideas and attitudes that support it, and illustrated with clinical examples.
Narratives of Therapists’ lives ( By Michael White )
Today it is commonplace to hear therapists speak of experiences of demoralisation, burden, fatigue and despair. This book proposes that this if significantly an outcome of how therapy is conceived of and practised, and draws out alternative conceptions and practices of therapy, supervision and training that provide a powerful antidote to despair. Readers will be provided with options for taking narrative practices into their own life – options that reinvigorate and renew.