The Art of Narrative Psychiatry: Stories of Strength and Meaning

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Descriptions : Narrative psychiatry empowers patients to shape their lives through story Rather than focusing only on finding the source of the problem in this collaborative clinical approach psychiatrists also help patients diagnose and develop their sources of strength By encouraging the patient to explore their personal narrative through questioning and story telling the clinician helps the patient participate in and discover the ways in which they construct meaning how they view themselves what their values are and who it is exactly that they want to be These revelations in turn inform clinical decision making about what it is that ails them how they d like to treat it and what recovery might look like br br em The Art of Narrative Psychiatry em is the first comprehensive description of narrative psychiatry in action Engaging and accessible it demonstrates how to help patients cultivate their personal sources of strength and meaning as resources for recovery Illustrated with vivid case reports and in depth accounts of therapeutic conversations the book offers psychiatrists and psychotherapists detailed guidance in the theory and practice of this collaborative approach Drawing inspiration from narrative therapyost modern philosophy humanistic medicine and social justice movements and replete with ways to fully manifest the intentions of the mental health recovery model this engaging new book shows how to draw on the standard psychiatric toolbox while also maintaining focus on the patient s vision of the world and illuminating their skills and strengths Written by a pioneer in the field em The Art of Narrative Psychiatry em describes a breadth of nuancedowerful narrative practices including externalizing problems listening for what is absent but implicit facilitating re authoring conversations fostering communities of support and creating therapeutic documents br br em The Art of Narrative Psychiatry em addresses mental health challenges that range from mild to severe including anxiety depression despair anorexia bulimiaerfectionism OCD traumasychosis and loss True to form the author narrates her own experience throughout sharing her internal thoughts and decision making processes as she listens to patients em The Art of Narrative Psychiatry em is necessary reading for any professional seeking to empower their patients and become a better compassionate clinician br










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