Aims and scope

About this journal

International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work is a peer-reviewed journal for practitioners who wish to stay in touch with the latest ideas and developments in narrative practice. The journal offers hopeful and creative ideas for counsellors, social workers, teachers, healthcare workers, psychologists, activists, community workers and others. In each issue, practitioners from a range of different countries and contexts discuss the ideas and practices that are inspiring them in their work, the dilemmas they are grappling with, and the issues most dear to their hearts. Their writings are accessible while remaining rigorous and thoughtful.

From 2002 to 2022, International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work was published quarterly. In 2023, the journal moved to a twice-yearly publishing model with expanded multimedia content.

In addition to peer-reviewed articles, each issue of International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work includes videos and audio recordings showcasing recent innovations, reviews linking narrative practice to wider cultural concerns, and interviews about ideas that expand the scope of narrative practice.

From Issue 1, 2023 all articles are available on a Gold Open Access basis. There are no article processing charges for authors, and all journal content is freely available as soon as it is published. This is a contribution to the narrative practice community from the publisher, Dulwich Centre Foundation.

International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work is indexed and available through ProQuest, Informit and EBSCO, as well as on Dulwich Centre’s website.

Acknowledgment of Country

International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work is produced on the land of the Kaurna people. It publishes contributions from the unceded First Nations lands around the world. We pay our respects to Kaurna Elders past and present. The journal is committed to acknowledging and highlighting the survival knowledges of First Nations peoples in the face of historical and contemporary injustice.

Publishing principles

Opening space for conversations

We publish content that opens space for conversation. We hope to engage readers’ own thoughtfulness and to contribute to discussions within the field of narrative therapy and community work.

The person / community is not the problem

We publish articles and multimedia contributions that are consistent with the principle that the “person is not the problem; the problem is the problem”. In other words, we publish content written from a non-pathologising stance and that is broadly congruent with the ideas of narrative practice.

Care with the politics of representation

We require that, wherever appropriate, anyone whose story or experience is represented has a chance to read/view/listen and reflect on the ways in which they have been represented. We also aim to take care with the politics of representation including in relation to gender, class, race, sexuality, culture, ability and age.

Direct relevance to practitioners

We publish contributions of direct relevance to practitioners. We prioritise descriptions of hopeful and helpful work that provides practical ideas to those working in the field of narrative therapy and community work.

Seeking new authors and contributors

We seek to publish a significant amount of work from new authors and contributors – those who have not published their work before. Many good practitioners don’t have a sense that they could write up their work for publication, and we see it as part of our role to offer support, encouragement and collaboration. We are particularly interested in generating opportunities for young authors and authors from perspectives, communities and cultures whose work and ideas are generally under-represented in the written word.

Expanding the thinking and parameters of narrative practice

We seek to publish new work that expands our thinking and the parameters of narrative practice. We do not want to simply confirm what is already familiar. We publish papers and multimedia works that introduce new therapeutic practices and ways of thinking about therapy and community work. We put significant effort into researching and seeking out challenging perspectives from outside the field, which contributes to stretching our thinking and invigorating narrative practice. We welcome submissions from people with lived experience. Perspectives from outside the professional realm make a significant contribution to refreshing and reconceptualising therapeutic practice.

Attending to the effects of the publishing process

Many narrative therapists are interested in the significant effects that documentation can have within a therapeutic process. While the journal is not intended to be “therapeutic”, we try to make the process of publication a rewarding one for authors and the people whose stories are represented. This is most relevant when authors are documenting the stories and insider knowledges of individuals and groups who have experienced significant trauma and/or abuse. It is our experience that when care is taken around these processes, articles can become documents that richly describe the skills and knowledges of the particular individual or group and offer a great deal to therapists and community workers, while simultaneously contributing to a further reduction in the effects of trauma or abuse.

Archiving history

Our primary focus remains on looking ahead and the development of new ideas, practices and conversations; however, we are aware that International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work also serves as a key forum for the documentation of history. The field of narrative therapy and community work is relatively young and yet it is developing very quickly. We are interested in articles that document the history of therapeutic and community work ideas and practices in ways that assist practitioners.


International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work

Dulwich Centre

Kaurna Country

Halifax Street PO Box 7192

Adelaide, South Australia 5000

ISSN: 2981-8818