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Letters to Children in Family Therapy


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Introduction. Part One: My Point of Departure: The Works of Michael White and David Epston. Theory of Narrative Therapy. 1. Source of inspiration: Gregory Bateson. 2. Source of inspiration: Michel Foucault. 3. Source of inspiration: Narratology. Part Two: The Practice of Narrative Therapy. 4. Guidelines for the initial externalising dialogue. 5. Recruiting allies. 6. Registration of victories and defeats. 7. Celebration of success and advice to other children. Part Three: Letter-writing in Therapy. 8. The making of therapeutic letters. 9. Letters to, from and between children in family therapy. 10. My Epstonian letter. Part Four: Case Histories Told through Sequences of Letters. References.

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Torben Marner is a child psychiatrist who has also worked as a structural family therapist and a systemic family therapist. In the 1990s he adopted the narrative approach to treatment inspired by the works of Michael White and David Epston. He is currently Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Psychiatric Hospital in Hillerod, Denmark.

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