When families are caught up in ‘stormy’ relationships, it can be challenging to negotiate a different way of communicating about what each person values. This article suggests a range of questions that parents and young people can use to play the role of an ‘investigative reporter’ and find out about the other’s hopes, dreams, and knowledge. The author provides two examples of these questions – and the process that goes with them – in therapeutic contexts with families in Israel.
This paper was given as a keynote address at the 10th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference held in Salvador, Brazil, in July 2010. The author was asked to speak on her ‘favourite narrative therapy questions’. Here, Marta Campillo describes ways in which questions informed by the concept of the ‘absent but implicit’ can act as keys to open subjugated stories.