Welcome to this first issue of a new-look International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. This new multimedia format includes not only the rigorous and practical peer-reviewed papers that we have always delighted in publishing, but also original audio and video content, interviews making connections with innovative thinkers, and a burst of contributions from younger and emerging practitioners. The journal’s new look also enables more interaction, with invitations for readers to respond to and discuss papers. We hope this will continue to foster a sense of intellectual community among practitioners.
The journal is now Open Access, which means that from this point, our papers and multimedia contributions will be freely available to read and share with no paywall. There will be no article processing fees for authors either. This is made possible by Dulwich Centre Foundation hosting the journal as a contribution to the international narrative practice community. We have decided to publish two bumper issues per year, to be released on the equinoxes.
This issue features peer-reviewed papers on diverse topics including a “River of Life” safety map and how game design and narrative therapy can work together; interviews with philosopher Perry Zurn and with historian and former co-chair of the Mauritian Truth and Justice Commission Vijaya Teelock; videos focusing on unravelling trauma and the complexities of disability, chronic illness and able-bodied privilege; a review of the challenging documentary Addicted to Life; an audio practice note about the creative use of AI in therapy; and more!
For this special issue, there are two editorials: one by Cheryl White and Jane Hales, and one by new Editor-in-Chief Shelja Sen. Please read these and then dive into all the content below. We look forward to you posting comments and questions to the authors.
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This article explores the use of narrative practices in a school-based setting to approach safety planning with young people. The article proposes an alternative safety
Using narrative practices to support academic development in an after-school program — Deborah Mrema
This paper describes the use of narrative practices in work with young people in an after-school academic support program in Tanzania. Through games, outsider witnessing,
This paper documents ways of incorporating gamification (using game design elements in a nongame context) into therapeutic conversations using narrative therapy principles to uncover skills
Building bridges across stories: Developing cross-cultural partnerships to challenge masculinity — Nicolas Mosso Tupper
This paper explores the possibilities of developing cross-cultural partnerships to support men in defying dominant prescriptions of masculinity. It focuses on the individual stories of
A personal reflection on “depression”: Not only a problem but also a learning opportunity — Barry Sullivan
For most of 2022, I was challenged by depression. One of its effects was to derail action-taking skills in my personal and professional life, leading
Making history come alive: Seeking truth and justice, Vijaya Teelock interviewed by David Denborough
In this interview, Mauritian historian Vijaya Teelock discusses breaking historical silences, democratising history, intangible heritage, memorialising and the complexities of seeking justice and reparation for
What are some of the dominant and alternative stories of curiosity? How do we wield it and to what effect? What does it mean to
In the opening scene of the 2022 documentary Addicted to Life, about the Belgian athlete Marieke Vervoort, diagnosed with a painful degenerative spinal disease, we
Unravelling trauma, co-creating relief and weaving resilience: Playful collaborations with children, families and networks, by Sabine Vermeire
In times of hardship, talking directly about painful or traumatic experiences, overwhelming emotions, or problematic actions with children, young people or families can be difficult.
This video explores Gipsy’s lived experience of chronic illness to give an introduction to disability politics. She invites the listener to investigate their own relationship
In this audio recording of a favourite paper from the journal’s archives, Jill Freedman offers three sets of questions that she names as “favourites” in
Planet stories: Using AI-generated science fiction to externalise conflict in relationships — Andrea Ng
Externalising can be useful in addressing conflict in relationships. It can provide space for deconstruction, the consideration of shared values and new meaning-making. It also