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  • Some Reflections on the Use of the Journey Metaphor in Working with Young Women Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse— Delphine YauCheuk-wai


    In this short piece, the author offers reflections on a group she facilitated with young women who have experienced sexual abuse. This group was shaped by the use of a metaphor of a journey, by externalising conversations, and by the use of artistic expression.

  • A Conversation with Angela, Brett and Jess about Suicidal Thoughts, Failure and Resistance


    Angela, Brett and Jess each have more than five years of experience of claiming their lives back from powerful negative stories, including stories of abuse, psychosis, depression, addiction, anorexia and mental illness. In the extracts below, these three co-researchers describe some of their encounters with ‘ideas of failure’ and ‘suicidal thoughts’ and convey some of the knowledge they have gained about ways of resisting these ideas and thoughts. Significantly, these three co-researchers provide information that is useful to therapists and health professionals as well as ideas that sustain hope in their own lives.

  • Key Historical Moments in the Making of Modern Hong Kong— Mark Li Kin-yin


    This piece has been created to offer readers an historical overview of Hong Kong history and the waves of immigration and emigration that have shaped Hong Kong society.

  • Living a More Peopled Life: Definitional Ceremony as Inquiry into Psychotherapy ‘Outcomes’— Jane Speedy


    This paper raises questions about the current European and North American culture of ‘evidence-based practice’ and troubles the conventions of ‘psychotherapy outcomes’ research. Outsider witness practices and definitional ceremonies are suggested as collaborative re-search processes that sit more congruently with narrative, poststructuralist and feminist ideas and with narrative therapy practices that may, equally, be effective ways of influencing policymakers and shaping future services. Narrative practitioners and the people consulting them are invited to contribute to an international narrative therapy outcomes re-search conversation.

  • Working with People Who Are Suffering the Consequences of Multiple Trauma: A Narrative Perspective— Michael White


    In October 2003, Michael White gave a presentation at the Treatment & Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture and Trauma (TRC) in Ramallah, Palestine. In consultation with those present, it was decided that it would be helpful to have this presentation recorded, transcribed, edited and then translated into Arabic to be made available to other Arabic-speaking workers in Palestine and elsewhere. The paper published here was created for this purpose. In doing this, we realised that it was a paper that would be of value to a wider readership and so have included it here. Jane Hales transcribed an audiotape of the presentation and David Denborough assisted in bringing this piece to its current form.

    The paper places an emphasis on the priority given to the redevelopment and reinvigoration of a ‘sense of myself’ in working with people who have been subject to trauma. It describes how this can be achieved through the use of definitional ceremony structures, outsider-witness practices and re-authoring conversations. The last section of the paper discusses the work of memory theorists and its relevance to work with people who have experienced trauma. More particularly it proposes that, in order to re-associate dissociated memory, we must first enable a revitalisation of the ‘sense of myself’.

  • Decentring Research Practice— Andrew Tootell


    This article presents a brief account of one therapist’s journey to develop a research approach that was consistent with their values and practice as a therapist. This journey led to the development of a ‘De-centred research practice’ based upon an ethic of collaboration and equity, which seeks to document the ‘local’ skills and knowledge of the research participants.

  • Working for Ethical Research in Practice— Kathie Crocket, Wendy Drewery, Wally McKenzie, Lorraine Smith, John Winslade


    As counsellor educators, therapists, and researchers practising from social constructionist understandings within a university context, we are called frequently to think about the interrelationships between practice and research. In this paper, we suggest that as practices, research and therapy have much in common. Furthermore, we explore the possibilities that are created when both therapy and research are considered to be ethical relational practices.

  • Continuing Correspondence in Relation to Feminism and Transgender Issues – A Letter to Arthemis Rodhanthy from Joan Laird


    Joan Laird responds to a letter from Arthemis Rodhanthy which appeared in the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 2004, No.2. 


  1. Thank you for this overview of Narrative Therapy. I am returning to practice after some time away, and these reminders are timely and appreciated.

  2. Hi Chris

    I really enjoyed watching your video about Narrative Walks. My project is based in Blaenau Gwent, in South Wales, Uk. I’m wondering whether I might use such an approach in my work with our Youth Service, who support young people between the ages of 11 and 25. Have you any thoughts on this? Are there any resources available, either free or to purchase?

    Best wishes


    • Hi Paul, m

      Much of my early attempts of the program were with the 15-20 year old age bracket and I found it worked really well. When I recently had an opportunity to run the program again with this age bracket – I extended the finish time so that could spend more time at the stop points and have a fire at the last resting place to talk about our intentions after the walk. This meant that we used head torches for the 2km which added a bit of a sense of theatre to the day. It was pretty cool.

      If you email me on hello@embarkpsych.com I can send you the manual. Or ask any other questions via this page so others might share in the answers.


  3. Thank you for sharing your insights. This has been very enlightening as a student studying post-grad social work. Recently my tutorial group was discussing how professionals often use their interpretation and that clients may not get to see how some professionals interpret their stories, in this way many things can be missed especially what the client sees as being important.