Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities 1st Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0393702071
ISBN-10: 0393702073
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Trade in your item
Get a $6.66
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$19.45 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$34.41 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
25 New from $30.41 26 Used from $19.45
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

$34.41 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities
  • +
  • Maps of Narrative Practice (Norton Professional Books (Hardcover))
  • +
  • Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends
Total price: $80.84
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

This book describes the clinical application of the growing body of ideas and practices that has come to be known as narrative therapy. The primary focus is on the ways of working that have arisen among therapists who, inspired by the pioneering efforts of Michael White and David Epston, have organized their thinking around two metaphors: narrative and social construction. The authors are as concerned with attitude as with technique. Believing that a solid grounding in the worldview from which narrative practices spring is essential, they begin with an overview of the historical, philosophical, and ideological aspects of the narrative/social constructionist perspective. This involves also telling the story of their own development as particular therapists in a particular part of the world during a particular historical period. 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. In addition to conversations with people illustrating particular practices, three transcripts are included to show the subtle use of questions to develop alternative, preferred realities. Drawing upon the thinking of White and Epston, Karl Tomm, and others, the final chapter looks at the ethics of relationship that guide narrative therapists in the use of specific practices.

About the Author

Jill Freedman is a highly respected documentary photographer whose award-winning work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bibliothhque Nationale. She lives in East Hampton, New York.

Combs is with the Family Therapy Center.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393702073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393702071
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I thought it pertinent in this circumstance to offer mine. Ruplins of Portland states that "Freedman and Combs do not grasp the constructivist approach used by White and Epston." I was really taken aback by such an assertion, because my reading of the book couldn't be more at odds. I welcomed the book when it was published and was delighted that it provided under one cover a comprehensive and accessible introduction to narrative therapy without compromising the relevance of its politics and poetics. In addition, the authors' chapter on questions extends narrative work in ways I have read and re-read very carefully. I strongly recommend everyone who I am involved with in training/consultation and those seeking merely an introduction to narrative therapy to read it. If I were considering a degree program of any sort, I would expect this book to be required reading. I agree with Michael White when he described the book as "quite a feat!"
Comment 51 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Narrative Therapy by Jill Freedman & Gene Combs is perhaps one of the best theraputic books I have read. As an author and human services worker, I am always looking for titles that will help me assist client's with their needs. That said, this book is a must read for anyone who wants to work through problems such as depression, anger and societal connections. I highly recommend this book - the authors did a great job!
---
John D. Moore, MS, CADC
Author of Confusing Love with Obsession
Comment 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I went to a University whereby post-modernism was not par nor parcel of our curriculum. It was when I got out of school that I began to see the potential and methodology of Narrative Therapy. After buying White and Epston's material and seeking out therapists, I was advised to buy this book. An excellent practical application of an excellent theory. Kudos to the authors. I find this book particularly helpful for working with troubled adolescents and college age clients. Looking forward to further practical publications!
Comment 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is still the most cogent and readable introduction to Narrative Therapy. Narrative Therapy is infamously difficult to explain, but these authors have managed it with clarity and simplicity. The example transcripts and therapy descriptions are particularly helpful for learning both how to think about therapy and what to say in that conversation.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Gene and Jill, both authors are experts in the USA on Narrative Therapy.
This is a the best intro books to Narrative Therapy and they are great teachers in USA.
Also, try Michael White books, and his training center in Australia, Dulwich Centre, South Australia.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I needed it for a psychology course and so far, it is a very informative read. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a retro, 20th century perspective on the psychiatrist contemplating their effective conduct toward a patient and vise versa.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Combs and Freedman have written an excellent
book that not only informs the reader of the
historical basis of narrative therapy, but
also reflects upon the authors own search for
a compassionate and respectful approach to
therapy.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Even though is not a very easy book to read, specially if people are more familiar with other approaches, reading it wanting to learn something different, has very good ideas and explains how and why they do things the way they do.
Is good to start learning a new approach that is non blaming, and more helpful, i think.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities