Narrative Therapy, Developed By Michael White And David Epson

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Narrative Therapy, developed by Michael White and David Epson during the 1980s, is a way for the client to separate themselves from the problem they are experiencing. The person is not the problem; the problem is the problem. As part of the therapy, the client becomes the narrator of his or her life story. Each experience the client has in their lives becomes part of his/her story, a chapter. Created to be collaborative, the client becomes the narrator and learns that they have the skills to make change in their lives. The therapist is merely a guide. Michael White, born and raised in Australia, is known as the founder of narrative therapy and for his significant contribution to psychotherapy and family therapy, which have been a source of techniques adopted by other approaches. He was particularly known for his work with children and Indigenous Aboriginal communities, as well as with schizophrenia, anorexia/bulimia, men’s violence, and trauma. He graduated in 1979 with a degree in social work began his work as a family therapist and psychiatric social worker in a children’s hospital and in 1983 founded the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia. White was also the author of several books of importance in family therapy and narrative therapy. His writings have been published in Danish, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish, Italian, German, Chinese, Finnish, French and Portuguese. He continued to be associated with Dulwich Centre until his death in 2008 while in San Diego, where he
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