The Narrative Journey: An Illustrated Guide to Narrative Therapy Principles uses a journey metaphor to take the reader through the experience of narrative therapy. This guidebook was conceived when John Stilllman was invited to train social workersMoreThe Narrative Journey: An Illustrated Guide to Narrative Therapy Principles uses a journey metaphor to take the reader through the experience of narrative therapy.
This guidebook was conceived when John Stilllman was invited to train social workers who were practicing within a community working and living on a garbage dump in Kien Giang, Vietnam. It makes narrative principles accessible to people through illustration and story.
Each of the principles is woven into the metaphor of a journey and is beautifully illustrated with an image that gives the reader an experiential relationship with narrative principles. In addition, the Word Exercises outline questions that are influenced by narrative principles, enriching the readers experiential understanding of narrative therapy.Narrative principles respect that people can determine what they want in life and keep their positions at the center of interactions. Narrative therapy also allows individuals and communities to explore what is important in their daily lives and relationships.
The narrative principles laid out in this guidebook offer entry points to multiple conversations, helping people make decisions that fit with their values, hopes, and dreams.This guidebook is intended for therapists with varying levels of experience with narrative principles and can be used when working with individuals, couples, families, and communities. Because the journey metaphor and the illustrations are universal, the guidebook will also be helpful in settings outside of therapy including pastoral care, medicine, human resources, and organizational development.
Narrative principles can be used in these settings to develop rich conversations about peoples values. These discussions focus on actions that help people address problems and support what is important to them.