Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 of this book are edited versions of previously published articles. Chapter 5 'Truth as a process' appeared as 'Reclaiming the idea of truth: Some thoughts on theory in response to practice' in the Journal of Family Therapy (1997) 19, 1-20. Chapter 6 'The narrative self and the limits of language' appeared as 'Limits and possibilities of the narrative self' in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (1999) 20, 20-7. One of the case studies-'First Piece'-used in Chapter 9 was originally discussed as part of an article entitled 'Engagement and the therapeutic relationship in systemic therapy' which appeared in the Journal of Family Therapy (1997) 19, 263-82. The copyright for the Journal of Family Therapy is held by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice; the copyright for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy is held by the journal itself. I am grateful for permission to include this material.
In thinking about the process of developing this book, I would like to thank first my family therapy colleagues over the years, for all the work talk and hallway chats, the conference discussions, the sharing of work that has gone well and that has not gone well, and for their passion and humour about family therapy and the project of knowledge for family therapy. I am of course including in this group people I have supervised and taught. However, because practice always holds the greatest challenge, I would also like specifically to acknowledge the people I have worked with in therapy.
Could I also thank friends and colleagues who work psychoanalytically, though not necessarily in family therapy, and who in many ways have become a second reference group for me despite