Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Narrative Family Therapy

  • Jim DuvallEmail author
  • Karen Young
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_241


Narrative practices offer a unique nontraditional approach to psychotherapy. In this chapter, we will address the complexities and the various applications of narrative practices that are relevant when working with families. We will summarize aspects of the significant shift in paradigm that shapes the philosophy of narrative therapy particularly with families, briefly describing these key concepts and the practices that emerge from them.

Prominent Associated Figures

The pioneering work of  “Michael White” (White and Denborough 2017) and David Epston (White and Epston 1990; White 2007) is a major source and stimulus for many of the ideas expressed in this chapter. Narrative practices are located within postmodern, social constructionist and poststructuralist traditions. Authors whose ideas are commonly characterized within these theoretical orientations include Michael Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Mikhail Bakhtin, Arnold van Gennep, (Victor Turner 1977), and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.JST InstituteGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Windz InstituteOakvilleCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico