Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Ethno-systemic Narrative Approach

  • Natale LosiEmail author
  • Carol Djeddah
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_943


The Ethno-Systemic Narrative (ESN) approach (Losi 2006) has been developed after years of experiences, in conflict and war-affected areas, with displaced persons and refugees enduring severe traumatic experiences. Many of them flee to escape danger or persecution. They have witnessed or directly experienced violence and traumatic events, for example, death or disappearance of family members. ESN therapy focuses on individuals, their families, often divided by the migration and their contexts. It also considers their social memory, key to understanding the causes of their suffering and treats its consequences, thus avoiding medicalization or psychiatrization. Narratives coming from social memory alleviate war-affected trauma and can boost transformations in refugees and their families. The challenge is to construct, enrich, and apply a model that takes into consideration the individual, his/her family, ethnicity, culture, religion, geopolitical context, and co-construct,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ethno-Systemic Narrative School of PsychotherapyRomeItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Maria Borcsa
    • 1
  1. 1.Nordhausen University of Applied SciencesNordhausenGermany