journal_cover_2015_1Welcome to the first issue of the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work for 2015. It features four parts. The first contains of a paper by Susannah Sheffer of Murder Victim’s Families for Human Rights which describes a ritual for those who have lost a family member through execution, and two reflections from narrative therapists in Australia and Singapore. This seems particularly poignant and significant at this time.

The second part includes two narrative practice papers, both of which break new ground. The first, by Chris Wever on the co-construction of alternative psychologies; and the second by Nick Coleman on the use of rites of passage metaphor in enabling a voyage away from alcohol.

The third part explores sex-positive ways of understanding diverse turn-on patterns. It includes a paper on this theme by Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, Elsa Almås and Kaethe Weingarten and three reflections – one from a member of the BDSM kink community and two others from narrative practitioners.

The journal issue concludes with a paper describing narrative practice with vulnerable children and young people which took place in India.

It is certainly a diverse collection to spark discussions. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.