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Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life by Jeffrey (Professor, CSU-Fullerton) Kottler
  

Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life

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Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life by Jeffrey (Professor, CSU-Fullerton) Kottler

This is a book that integrates what is known from a wide variety of disciplines about the nature of storytelling and how it influences and transforms people's lives. Drawing on material from the humanities, sociology, anthropology, neurophysiology, media and communication studies, narrative inquiry, indigenous healing traditions, as well as education, counseling, and therapy, the book explores the ways that therapists operate as professional storytellers. In addition, our job is to hold and honor the stories of our clients, helping them to reshape them in more constructive ways. The book itself is written as a story, utilizing engaging prose, research, photographs, and powerful anecdotes to draw readers into the intriguing dynamics and processes involved in therapeutic storytelling. It sets the stage for what follows by discussing the ways that stories have influenced history, cultural development, and individual worldviews and then delves into the ways that everyday lives are impacted by the stories we hear, read, and view in popular media. The focus then moves to stories within the context of therapy, exploring how client stories are told, heard, and negotiated in sessions. Attention then moves to the ways that therapists can become more skilled and accomplished storytellers, regardless of their theoretical preferences and style.

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For therapists interested in the potentials of stories and storytelling, this book offers a good introduction, bringing needed coherence to how narrative metaphor can be used in different approaches to professional helping. --PsycCRITIQUES


About the Author

Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD., is a Professor in the Department of Counseling at California State University - Fullerton, and Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Empower Nepali Girls.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th October 2014

Author

Jeffrey (Professor, CSU-Fullerton) Kottler

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Publisher

Oxford University Press Inc

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Social work
Clinical psychology

ISBN

9780199328253

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