From Isolation to Community: Collaborating with Children and Families in Times of Crisis— Elizabeth Buckley and Philip Decter
This article offers a narrative and anthropological framework for working with children and families in crisis. Psychiatric crisis can invite practitioners to prioritise their own ideas about problems and solutions above collaboration. The article argues that practices of collaboration are crucial when responding to these kinds of crises, and offers a framework for remaining in collaborative and hopeful positions. A range of clinical examples are also provided.
‘Making Haste Slowly’: Applying a Narrative Approach to the Task of Managing a ‘Crisis’ Situation— Manja Visschedijk
This short piece explores the ways in which narrative ideas can be helpful for managers in responding to ‘crisis’ situations. It is written by a manager of a supported accommodation service. The author would appreciate any feedback, discussion or ideas from readers about this article or on any aspect of the use of narrative approaches in the management of similar ‘crisis’ situations.
Linking Stories and Initiatives: A Narrative Approach to Working with the Skills and Knowledge of Communities
By David Denborough, Carolyn Koolmatrie, Djapirri Mununggirritj, Djuwalpi Marika, Wayne Dhurrkay & Margaret Yunupingu.
This paper describes an approach to community work informed by narrative ideas that we hope will be of relevance to practitioners in a wide-range of contexts. Over the last year, a number of Aboriginal communities, which are experiencing hard times, have been exchanging stories. These are stories about special skills, special knowledge, about hopes and dreams and the ways that people are holding onto these. They are stories that honour history. This article describes the thinking that has informed this process. It also contains extracts of stories and messages from different communities.
From Stigma and Isolation to Strength and Solidarity: Parents Talking About Their Experiences of Caring for Children Whose Behaviour Has Been Sexually Concerning or Harmful— Judith Milner, and lots of others
This is the story of how a group of parents who were caring for children whose behaviour had been sexually concerning or harmful, transformed their lives. In the process, they also transformed a service!
Haunting from the Future: A Congenial Approach to Parent-children Conflicts— David Epston, Cherelyn Lakusta, and Karl Tomm
This paper describes a novel approach to parent-children conflicts. It has been developed in response to situations when the present is particularly vexatious or where parties are passionately committed to their respective position which requires each to either defend it, or attack the rectitude of the other, and where to relent or even hesitate would risk loss of face.