Contemporary Narrative Therapy

Co-founders  Michael White and David Epston, first introduced Narrative Therapy to counseling in 1990 with the book, Narrative means to therapeutic ends. Since then, David (DE) has co- authored and authored  100s of publications and presented 100s of international workshops.

The upcoming  Where the Buses Don’t Run Yet online series will articulate and demonstrate David’s approach to narrative inquiry, which he has been developing with colleagues over the past 15 years. Watch this brief video for a brief introduction to the Art of Narrative Inquiry – the bedrock of Contemporary Narrative Therapy.

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Now in active production, this series builds on Improvisation, Innovations and Collaboration –  the sense of wonder, adventure and innovation that David brings to his conversations and collaborations.  Drawing from a wealth of archived materials on  and The Journal of Contemporary Narrative Therapy, we hope these initial courses will continue to develop with guest training & interviews.


Contemporary Narrative Therapy with David Epston and Kay Ingamells

First Course in Series!

Through a range of audio, video, text and teaching tales, the first self-paced course in this series explores Contemporary Narrative Therapy, an emergent approach distinguishable from Classical Narrative Therapy (1985-2008).  Building on collaborations  between narrative therapy co-founders Michael White and David Epston,  this foundational course reviews and illustrates such foundational practices as Getting to Know a Person’s Uniqueness, Counterstorying, Letter-Writing, and Disappearing Problems for Children & Young People.

Two Interviews with David Epston

Exploring Interviews with Joel & Riri

Second Course in Series!

Drawing from the practices in the first course,  David and Kay  intensively study actual interviews, guided by two inter-woven themes: 1) What is a good question and what does such a question do? and 2) What is a good story and how does it ‘counter’ a problematic story? Studying videos and their transcripts, their commentaries pay close attention to specific counter-storying practices. Innovative teaching methods draw from ‘The Apprenticeship in the Artistry of Narrative Practice Program with David Epston, Kay Ingamells and Tom Carlson. For those interested in learning more intensive training situated within their own practice, this series serves as a gateway to The Apprenticeship.

Here we will meet with Joel, who is 16 and has met with his counsellor 8 times. Joel has very irregular school attendance and when he does, he has panic attacks. His family migrated from South Africa when he was 12. His father has a long history of drug addiction and violence against Joel’s mother as well as Joel. Joel also has assaulted his mother. His parents are considering divorce. Prospects for his future appear very bleak save his aspiration to become a veterinarian.

Riri is a 17 young Maori woman who was taken in to custody of Youth Justice for the reason of her homelessness and gang violence. Rather unusually she is invited to live with the family of her ‘best friend’ Bella along with Michelle’s(Bella’s mother) seven other children.  In this interview, her identity as a ‘bad girl’ is contradicted by the redefinition of her as a ‘good girl’.

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