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Below are Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto book picks that have been featured in our quarterly e-newsletter

A memory book for the field of narrative practice

compiled by Cheryl White (2016)

This beautiful memory book contains stories compiled by Cheryl White that evoke the history of narrative therapy. Upon first picking it up you may find yourself instantly and curiously scanning through the pages. It might be a bit of an interesting surprise to not be holding the usual formal or academic book but instead a large spiral-bound book with a social  history that uncovers the traces, experiences and impacts of ordinary people.

Read full book review by NTC faculty Angel Yuen

Read reflection by Amy Druker

Collaberatvie Helping: A Strengths Framework for Home-Based Services

by William Madsen and Kevin Gilespie (2014)

This hands-on resource provides clear, practical guidance for supportive service professionals working in a home-based environment. The book begins with stories that illustrate core concepts and context, presenting a number of useful ideas that can reorient behavioral services while outlining a principle-based practice framework to help workers stay grounded and focused. Problems are addressed, and strength-based work is expanded into richer conversations about strengths in the context of intention and purpose, value and belief, hopes, dreams, and commitments.

Retelling the Stories of Our Lives

by David Denborough (2014)

In this beautifully written new book, Retelling the Stories of our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration and Transform Experience, a thorough and accessible teaching of narrative ideas is accomplished.  Readers will find that David Denborough marries a harmonious mix of exploring narrative ideas with the encouragement of personal applications through exercises and illustrations.  I have yet to read a text on narrative therapy that so effectively makes itself accessible to both facilitators and service users.   

Read full book review by NTC faculty Dale Andersen-Giberson

Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life Into Stories of Death

by Lorraine Hedtke (2012)

This book, Bereavement Support Groups, fills the gap between the challenges to conventional grief psychology and the practice of bereavement counselling. The deceased person has often been left behind in counselling conversations, requiring the bereaved to distances themselves from honoring memories that could soothe their heartache. Ironically, the stories about the dead person have not featured prominently in the grief experience.This book offers a structured guide for facilitating bereavement support groups, but is intended as more than a simple “how to” book. It will also inspire readers with invigorating practice ideas. This new way of thinking includes the stories and love that remain after death. Here is a model for doling the deceased person’s values, legacies, meaning, and connections into the lives of the living. The book shows how to utilize the metaphorical presence of the deceased, accessed through stories, actions and rituals, to affirm the relationship with the deceased as more than a lost memory to be shelved next to dusty old photo albums.

Narrative Practice: Continuuing the Conversations

by Michael White (2011)

Michael White (1948-2008), one of the founders of narrative therapy, was an outspoken voice and leading light for therapists and clinicians around the world. From complete, polished papers that White presented at conferences to unfinished papers, interviews and paragraphs of “thoughts,” Narrative Practice: Continuing the Conversations presents the sharp, compassionate, and elegant writing White left behind, none of it ever before published. Read more...


Conversations about Gender, Culture, Violence and Narrative Practice edited by Angel Yuen and Cheryl White (2007)

This inspiring book consists of writings from women of many cultures about initiatives, projects and ways of working to respond to violence. This collection will be powerfully relevant to practitioners working with individuals, families and/or communities whose lives are affected by violence and abuse. It includes practice-based chapters describing narrative ways of working with those who have experienced violence and also creative ways of engaging with men and women who have enacted violence against others. Read more...

Down under and up over: Travels with narrative therapy: a book to download!

Down Under and Up Over: Travels with Narrative Therapy

by David Epston (2008)

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLAD Part one, 'Down under', contains previously published work from different periods of David Epston's writing career. As always, each chapter reflects David's creativity, and at times those of his co-writers. Part two, 'Up over', contains six examples of David Epston's current work, all of which are printed here for the first time, including inventive approaches to chronic bed-wetting, relationships between children and their estranged fathers, court reports, stealing, and sibling conflicts, as well as a long chapter on Anti-Anorexia, a subject close to David Epston's heart.

This book was originally published by the Association of Family Therapy (UK) in 2008 and has now gone out of print.  They have generously given permission for the manuscript to be provided to interested parties for free. 

Safe and Peaceful Schools: Addressing Conflict and Eliminating Violence by John Winslade & Michael Williams (2011)

In today’s culture where bullying and violence are on the rise, we know that children who are afraid or anxious are in no state of mind to learn. If you are serious about creating a safe school climate conducive to learning, this book will show you how. Written by counseling experts, Safe and Peaceful Schools provides a variety of research-based techniques to help students, school counselors, psychologists, administrators, and other educators develop conflict resolution skills that reduce the need for disciplinary action.


Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families, Second edition
by William C. Madsen (2007)

This book offers an alternative approach to thinking about and working with 'difficult families.  From a nonpathologizing stance, William C. Madsen demonstrates creative ways to help family members shift their relationship to longstanding problems; envision desired lives; and develop more proactive coping strategies. The second edition is updated with new case illustrations and appendices that provide outlines for crafting collaborative assessments, therapy contracts, and other documentation that enhances accountability while also engaging clients and eliciting their strengths. Anyone working with families in crisis, especially in settings where time and resources are scarce, will gain valuable insights and tools from this book.


Treating Huckleberry Finn

by David Nylund (2002)

In Treating Huckleberry Finn, Nylund presents a proven strategy for working with youngsters who, like Huck Finn, exhibit problematic behavior such as fidgeting, distractibility, hyperactivity, difficulty listening, paying attention, and following directions. This approach helps kids thrive by harnessing their innate abilities and talents.


Narrative Book Stores


Caversham Bookstore       In Toronto



Narrative Books at the Kenwood Centre          North American distributor


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Dulwich Centre Books

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