After 20 years of publication, there are exciting changes afoot for the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. From September 2023, each issue will include 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 will also enable 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 will begin publishing on an Open Access basis, 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 also decided to publish just two bumper issues per year, to be released on the Equinoxes.
The other significant news is that after 40 years editing Dulwich Centre’s journals and newsletters – Cheryl White is handing over the editorship of the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. We are delighted to announce that the new Editor-in-Chief will be Shelja Sen. Based in Delhi, India, Shelja is a feminist narrative family therapist, author and co-founder of Children First Institute for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Cheryl will remain involved as Editorial Consultant.
With all these developments, there are some things that won’t change. The journal will continue to be the place to stay in touch with the latest ideas and developments in narrative practice. We will continue take great care with the representation of people’s stories and experiences. And we will continue to approach publishing with the belief that the politics and ethics of publishing are just as important as ethical and political considerations within the counselling room or in community work.
First issue of multimedia journal now available
The first new-look issue of the journal is now available!
It features peer reviewed papers on diverse topics including, a River of Life Safety map and Gamification – 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 Complexities of disability, chronic illness and able-bodied privilege; a review of the challenging documentary Addicted to Life; an audio practice note in relation to creative use of AI in therapy; and more! We look forward to you posting your comments and questions to the authors.