David (Auckland, New Zealand) is the co-originator with Michael White of what has come to be known as ‘narrative therapy and community work’. The collaboration between David and Michael began in the late 1970s, as continued for many years. David’s best known publications are White and Epston(1990), Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends; Freeman, Epston and Lobovits(1997), Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families and Maisel, Epston and Borden(2004), Biting The Hand That Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia; and Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with children’s imaginative know-how (with David Marsten & Laurie Markham) along with other collections of papers and book chapters.
Tom is a professor and director of the Couple and Family Therapy Doctoral Program at North Dakota State University. Tom has been practicing and teaching narrative ideas for over 20 years and has published several articles on narrative therapy that focus on helping therapists and the people that we work with to live out the spirit, values, and ethics of narrative ideas in their personal and professional lives. Tom is the developer of an alternative approach to narrative couples therapy called Relational Accountability (published in the International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work) which invites couples to nurture stories of love and compassion in one another through the intentional living out of narrative ethics in their lives and relationships. Most recently Tom partnered with his friend and colleague David Epston in developing an emerging performance based narrative therapy practice called Insider Witnessing Practices that seek bring forth the beauty and dignification of people’s lives in dramatic ways.
marcela polanco, mestiza from Colombia, is part of the graduate family therapy faculty team at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX, U.S. She leads the master's program in family therapy and bilingual (Spanish-English) graduate certificate training--The Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP). Her work in English is informed by narrative family therapy practices. In Spanish, her narrative practices draw from Latin American decolonial, solidarity, and anti-racist feminism.