ABSTRACT

How do experiences of hope and despair impact upon our capacity to meet life's challenges in narrative and family therapy?

Clients' experiences of hope and despair can be complex, reflecting individual and family histories, current patterns and dynamics, the stresses of everyday life, and the social contexts of families' lives. This book analyses how therapists meet and engage with these dichotomous aspects of human experience.

The editors place the themes of hope and despair at the centre of a series of reflections on practice and theory. Contributors from all over the world are brought together, incorporating a range of perspectives from narrative, systemic and social constructionist frameworks. The book is divided into three sections, covering:

  • reflections on hope and despair
  • facing adversity: practices of hope
  • reflections on reconciliation and forgiveness.

Hope and Despair in Narrative and Family Therapy looks at the importance of hope in bringing about positive therapeutic change. This book will be of great use to family therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and students on therapeutic training courses.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction: the territory of hope and despair

ByCARMEL FLASKAS, IMELDA McCARTHY AND JIM SHEEHAN

part |2 pages

PART 1 Reflections on hope and despair

chapter 1|11 pages

Hope in a time of global despair

ByKAETHE WEINGARTEN

chapter 2|12 pages

The balance of hope and hopelessness

ByCARMEL FLASKAS

chapter 3|13 pages

The dialectical structure of hope and despair: a Fifth Province Approach

ByNOLLAIG BYRNE AND IMELDA McCARTHY

part |2 pages

PART 2 Facing adversity: practices of hope

chapter 4|12 pages

Hope: the far side of despair

ByMONICA McGOLDRICK AND PAULETTE MOORE HINES

chapter 6|12 pages

The getting and giving of wisdoms: generating hope

ByCATHERINE INGRAM, JENNY, AMARYLL PERLESZ

chapter 7|13 pages

Finding a way towards being

BySUZANNE SHUDA, JUST ANNA

chapter 8|13 pages

Anticipating hope within written and naming domains of despair

BySTEPHEN MADIGAN

part |2 pages

PART 3 Reflections on reconciliation and forgiveness