Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Story Re-Visions: Narrative Therapy in the Postmodern World

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Story Re-Visions: Narrative Therapy in the Postmodern World

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Parry, A., & Doan, R. E. (1994). Story re-visions: Narrative therapy in the postmodern world. New York: Guilford, 216 pp., $15.95 (pbk).

Much has been written in the field of family therapy about collaborative or postmodern approaches to therapy. Parry and Doan take the postmodern call to heart in their collaborative effort to produce a book that presents philosophy and theory as well as an applied orientation to narrative therapy.

Parry takes the lead in presenting the philosophical basis for narrative therapy. In his overview he delivers a concise discussion of what narrative therapy is, and its evolution across disciplines. He also provides a rationale for why narrative therapy fits a postmodern context.

Doan translates philosophical ideas into action. The applied chapters focus on incorporating the narrative approach in work with clients, therapists, reflecting teams, as well as in supervision. Each chapter provides specific examples of how to use the narrative approach, case material, assignments, and detailed guidelines for the therapist. In particular, I found the chapters entitled "Helping People Become Authors of Their Own Stories" and "The Therapist and Reflecting Team as Revisionary Editors" extremely useful. In the chapter on helping people author their own stories, Parry and Doan have incorporated techniques associated with several family therapy theories and point out their consistency with the narrative approach. …

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