Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Training Narrative Family Therapists

  • Stephen MadiganEmail author
  • David Nylund
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_663


The practice of family therapy supervision and training we outline supports narrative therapy’s ideological move away from 150 years of psychological, psychiatric, family therapy, and other mental health practice beliefs informed by vocabularies of individualism, humanism, and structuralism. A narrative therapy informed supervision and training practice represents an interpretive turn toward understanding the client’s identity as discursively, culturally, and relationally created.

Narrative therapy supervision in family therapy demonstrates a therapeutic practice that is coherent with a post-humanist, decentered, and relational views of identity. These theoretical/practice/political positions set out to unsettle any essentialist psychological notion of the stable autonomous person, the original author (of problem conversations or otherwise), or a given reality of what constitutes the self.

Theoretical Context

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vancouver School for Narrative TherapyVancouverCanada
  2. 2.California State University, SacramentoFair OaksUSA
  3. 3.Gender Health CentreSacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA