Dear Reader,

Welcome to this first issue of the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work for 2022.

In the midst of profoundly challenging times, practitioners in many different parts of the world are using narrative practices to respond to diverse social sufferings.

In this issue, you can read hopeful accounts of work from China, Australia, USA and Rwanda.

This collection includes accounts of therapy, group work, community work (with those experiencing mental health struggles across Rwanda), hospice biography, and attempts to support survivors of rape through the criminal legal system.

There are many innovative approaches described here, including the interweaving of fantasy and narrative practice in 2SLGBTQIA+ therapeutic contexts, and the use of daydreaming as entry points to alternative stories.

It’s an invigorating collection and we hope it brings ideas for your practice wherever you may be living and working.

Cheryl White
On behalf of Dulwich Centre team