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Maps of Narrative Practice (Norton Professional Books) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393705164
ISBN-10: 0393705161
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This book represents a remarkable leap forward in narrative literature and in the canon of work on therapy in general. (Journal of Marital and Family Therapy , James Hibel) REVIEW: The long-awaited sequel to the influential work Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends....A powerfully engaging mixture of personal and professional narrative. (Therapy Today, Kate Thompson) REVIEW: White's brand of narrative therapy has broad appeal and great impact on the therapeutic community...I highly recommend. (PsycCRITIQUES, American Psychological Association, Paul T. P. Wong)

The long-awaited sequel to the influential work Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends....A powerfully engaging mixture of personal and professional narrative.

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The long-awaited sequel to the influential work Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends....A powerfully engaging mixture of personal and professional narrative.
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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Professional Books
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My supervisor at the agency I worked in was a huge Michael White fan and introduce me to his work. I first read "Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends" by White and Epston. It had a profound influence on my practice as a family therapist. I loved the ideas, especially that they work in a way that empowers people does and not pathologize them. But I found the writing to be overly concerned with deconstructionist philosophy and sometimes too cerebral. Much of the Narrative field followed that lead and wrote in that style. Please. Too much postmodern angst folks.

Fortunately, Michael White has written about Narrative Therapy for the general public and in doing so has also given professionals a brilliant and accessible entry into the world of Narrative Therapy and externalization. I couldn't recommend the work more. It's personal and has very illustrative transcripts of actual sessions that do an excellent job of demonstrating the work and how wonderfully it gives people control over previously debilitating problems.

I've studied with White and found him to be very present, warm, encouraging and with little ego. Finally here is a book that lets both his brilliance as a therapist his healing personality show through the abstractions of his more academic writing.
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I suspect Philip didn't actually read Maps of Narrative Practice, just glanced at the index. If he'd read it, he'd have found it to be a clear, precise, moving, warm, and effective tool kit for those therapists who are interested in further developing their skills.
White has been developing these ideas over decades, but this is his first mainstream book, hence the references to his own works. He's not writing just to publish, he's writing to give as clear a map as he can of his own highly successful methods.
I can't think of a book more profound in its potential effects than Maps of Narrative Practice. Broad use of these therapeutic methods and maps will result, I believe, in stronger communities, in greater joy, in people finding meaning and worth where they didn't before recognize its presence, moving from feeling useless to feeling the power to shape their lives in harmony with what they value.
White's ideas build on and incorporate concepts of identity and learning uncovered by Myerhoff, Bruner, Vygotsky, and other greats, but, most important of all, his ideas come from his work with clients. His miraculously open mind allows him to find, and recognize, simply, what works, rather than what ought to work. I would almost say he comes at this with a sort of blue collar innocence, pragmatic, calm, genuinely concerned, confident of the possibility of discovering a scaffold to new ideas for even the most "hopeless" cases.
Rather than being all puffed up about his importance, he's as unassuming as a plumber coming to unclog your toilet, which, let's face it, is a pretty good analogy of what a therapist hopes to accomplish in the realms of psyche.
I don't know White's background. I only know that he tells the truth in plainly eloquent human language.
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This is a fantastic book for psychotherapists who want to learn more about narrative therapy. In this rigorous and graceful new book, Michael White has created a definitive text of theory and practice. Beautifully organized and a pleasure to read, it brings theory alive with colorful transcripts of therapy in every chapter and offers examples and instructions for applying narrative practices with the full range of mental health challenges that psychiatrists and therapists may be called upon to address. While it is an excellent, accessible introduction, as an experienced narrative therapist, I draw upon its thoroughness, precision and subtlety to invigorate and improve my work.
White maps out key territories of narrative practice, deftly linking theory with sentence-by-sentence analysis of therapeutic conversations. The book begins with the core narrative concept "externalizing the problem". White says, "When the problem becomes an entity that is separate from the person, and when people are not tied to... negative "certainties" about their lives, new options for taking action to address the predicaments of their lives become available." Relinquishing a shameful "spoiled" identity (for example, as a "crazy" person) to claim an identity as a person who is resisting and trying to overcome a challenging problem (such as "worries" or "negativity") energizes and inspires clients---and the clinicians working with them. Continuing in this "re-authoring" vein, the smallest successes in limiting a problem are elicited, named, fleshed out and historicized, making available a new story of the person's knowledge and skills in coping that can be drawn from and built upon.
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Michael White, the author of Maps of Narrative Practice, died unexpectedly in April of this year at the young age of 59. The loss for the psychological community is huge. This is a man who is the father of narrative therapy, a profoundly powerful and effective for therapists to assist clients with their problems. It is indeed very sad this will be Michael White's last book. In this book, White explains how the stories of our lives can be mapped in such a way that our strengths and often forgotten or barely developed positive experiences can be brought forth and alter how we view ourselves and our capabilities. It is a fascinating book, and would be interesting for both the practitioner and layperson interested in human growth and potential.
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