This book draws from the author's professional experience using narratives with a broad range of individuals in diverse settings in order to explore the theoretical basis for this approach. The early chapters each relate the narrative that is the focus of the chapter and explain how the narrative was developed. Each example is then followed with case studies of how it has been used in group activities with mentally ill adults, in counseling graduate students, and/or in working with staff. The concluding chapters explore the underlying theory of narrative therapy and provide suggestions on how readers might develop their own narratives for use in clinical practice (or as guides for their own development).The book is particularly invative in the use of this strategy with adults with severe mental illness. Unlike other books on the use of narrative therapy, this book focuses on the use of pre-scripted narratives that can be used with individuals to examine their personal situations, as well as techniques to guide individuals in the development of their own narratives. The book also addresses sand play and other experiential therapeutic interventions.
Dr. Sana Loue is a Professor in the School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and serves as the Director of the university's Center for Minority Public Health. She holds a B.A. in Social Welfare (University of West Florida), a M.A. in secondary education (University of West Florida), a degree in law (University of San Diego School of Law), a M.P.H. degrees with a concentration in epidemiology (San Diego State University), a Ph.D. in epidemiology (University of California Los Angeles), a Ph.D. in medical anthropology (Case Western Reserve University), and a M.S.S.A. degree with a concentration in mental health (Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University). She was ordained as an interfaith minister by The New Seminary (2008). Prior to joining the faculty of Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Loue practiced immigration law and AIDS law for 14 years. Dr. Loue is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and more than 50 book chapters and has authored or edited more than 20 books. Her current research interests include the cultural context of HIV risk, HIV prevention interventions for marginalized populations including persons with severe mental illness and substance use disorders, family violence, research ethics, and forensic epidemiology.