Welcome to the Narrative Practice Research Network

For narrative therapy and community work research

The Narrative Practice Research Network is a joint initiative of Dulwich Centre and The University of Melbourne’s Department of Social Work.

We support and promote research about narrative therapy and community work and the use of narratively informed research methods.

We create connections, conversation and collaboration among researchers and practitioners in diverse contexts.

The Narrative Practice Research Network aims to:

Facilitate networking

exchange and collaboration among researchers, and between researchers and practitioners, who share a commitment to narrative practice

Promote innovation

in narrative practice, and share research that will benefit groups and communities facing mental health difficulties as the result of significant hardships

Support development

of narratively informed research methodologies and promote research practices that are congruent with narrative practice ethics and ethos

Extend the evidence base

for narrative therapy and community work (including practice-based evidence)

Nurture the next generation

of postgraduate students and early-career researchers who are working with narrative practice

Provide mentoring

for practitioners and community organisations seeking to undertake research on or with narrative practice.

Latest news

Calls for papers

The Qualitative Report 16th Annual Conference, online and in-person, March 2025 The Qualitative Report warmly invites submissions from narrative practitioners and researchers for its 16th

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Narrative therapy

Narrative therapy and community work centre people as the experts in their own lives. Practitioners seek to elicit the values, abilities, commitments and survival knowledges that people and communities have to get through hard times and reduce the influence of problems in their lives. People join together to co-research the operations of problems in their social contexts.

Narrative Practice Research Groups

The Narrative Practice Research Network welcomes and supports the creation of specialist groups to assist members to connect and collaborate. Groups can have a research focus, be a community of practice or reading group, or facilitate local networking.

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