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Handbook of Narrative Psychotherapy for Children, Adults, and Families: Theory and Practice (Hardback)
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Handbook of Narrative Psychotherapy for Children, Adults, and Families: Theory and Practice (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 14/06/2019
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The Handbook Narrative Psychotherapy for Children, Adults and Families combines philosophical, scientific and theoretical insights in the field of narrative psychotherapy and links them to sources of inspiration such as poetry, film, literature and art under the common denominator 'narrative thinking'. Sections on theoretical issues alternate with a large number of case histories drawn from different therapeutic contexts. The reader can browse at will through the many examples of therapeutic sessions, in some cases including literal transcriptions, in which narrativity in all its forms is the point of departure. What language does the body speak? What messages do seemingly random slips of the tongue convey? How can a painting help a client to find words for his or her story? The discussion of the 'logic of abduction' demonstrates the importance of metaphor, and special attention is given to the processes of creating a therapeutic context and defining a therapeutic framework.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780367103460
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 248 x 191 mm


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"This book is a blueprint not just for narrative psychotherapy, but for the entire field of psychotherapy. Zigzagging through a range of nomadic landscapes, Jan Olthof skilfully outlines the true nature of the human being, Homo fabulans. He has succeeded in providing the reader with new eyes. All those who take a serious interest in narrative approaches to therapy will find this book a true delight to read and will undoubtedly take it to heart."--Col. Eric Vermetten, psychiatrist and professor at Leiden University Medical Centre, head of research at Dutch Military Mental Health Care, adjunct professor at New York University School of Medicine
"Jan Olthof's handbook is a reference companion for the therapy artisan wandering the uncharted, ever-shifting landscapes of the inner and interpersonal. In this framework, like the author's famous Russian dolls, nest many unexpected, delightful and thought-provoking references to philosophy, narrative therapy, poetry, literature, popular culture and the plastic arts. The book's epilogue, like the smallest and innermost matryoshka, strikes the deepest chord by invoking the question: what can psychotherapy mean in our post- post-modern "world of foam"? I think this book is a possible answer."--Dan Dolberger, psychologist and family and couple therapist specializing in NVR-oriented systemic interventions, and director of the Tel Aviv Center for Non-Violent Resistance Psychology
"With just the right blend of theory, philosophy and practice, this handbook full of stories and therapeutic experiences is an example of 'craft in action.' Jan Olthof invites the reader to embrace uncertainty and join him in a nomadic journey of the not yet known. A space where author and reader will encounter the excitement and the adventures of being a narrative therapist in the making."--Sylvia London, MA, LMFT, therapist, supervisor, trainer, coach and speaker at Grupo Campos Eliseos, Ciudad de Mexico
"This book shows us the close relationship between psychotherapeutic and literary or artistic ways of thinking and acting. It is an antidote against the technical emphases that threaten to dry up the profession. Together with Jan Olthof, we make a nomadic excursion into the fantastic world of our clients and the often no less fantastic world of our therapeutic reactions. I recommend it to all of us who feel the need to find an oasis in our work."-- (05/05/2017)
"Weaving together many decades of highly reflective lived clinical experience and the most innovative and ground-breaking traditions in our field, this handbook soars. In this day and age, when the commodification of therapy runs the risk of depriving it of real human encounter, Jan Olthof brings back the person of the therapist - the therapist whose expertise grows as he learns to be more comfortable in his position of thoughtful uncertainty, and whose mind allows itself to search unexplored avenues in ways that are both creative and disciplined. Reading the Handbook has felt like coming home - and learning afresh."-- (05/05/2017)

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