Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling
hope, therapy, narrative therapy
Hope is a necessary construct in narrative therapy but we need to be careful how we think about it. It does not lie in the essence of persons. There are not categories of people who are hopeful or hopeless. Rather, hope lies in the stories that we use to make sense of our lives but dominant stories from the world around us sometimes interfere with our access to hopeful stories. Therapy can help us reconnect with these stories, leading to the exercise of personal agency in our own lives. This presentation will explore how to help people do this through narrative therapy.
This is a keynote conference address that has not been previously published.
Winslade, J. (August, 2012). The Foundations of Hope in Therapy. Keynote presentation to Japan Brief Psychotherapy Association, Kobe, JP, August 24.