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About Us

Evanston Family Therapy Center has been dedicated to teaching narrative therapy for more than two decades. EFTC is a nonprofit organization that offers workshops, consultations, and supervision in narrative ideas and practices. Our consultation sites include Cook County Hospital, the Cancer Wellness Center, and a number of alternative schools. We also collaborate with other community groups working on particular problems and projects.


Jill Freedman & Gene Combs

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Jill Freedman, MSW and Gene Combs, MD are Co-Directors of Evanston Family Therapy Center, a training center in the Chicago area dedicated to teaching narrative therapy, as well as founding members of the Chicago Center for Family Health, an independent affiliate of the University of Chicago. Internationally recognized for their advances in narrative theory and training, they received the 2009 Award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy by the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). They have co-authored more than 30 journal articles and book chapters and 3 books -- Symbol, story, and ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapy, Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities, and Narrative therapy with couples.... and a whole lot more!

Jill practices therapy in the Chicago area and consults to organizations and schools. Gene is an associate professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at NorthShore University HealthSystem, where he is Director of Behavioral Science for the University of Chicago affiliated Family Medicine Residency Program. They teach internationally and their workshops are valued by both new and experienced clinicians in expanding therapeutic vision and skills.

Books

Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities

Symbol, Story, and Ceremony: Using Metaphor in Individual and Family Therapy

Narrative Therapy with couples...and a whole lot more! a collection of papers, essays, and exercises

Articles (2000 to Present)

Combs, G & Freedman, J. (2016). Narrative Therapy’s Relational Understanding of Identity, Family Process, 55(2), 211-224.

Freedman, J. (2014). Witnessing and Positioning: Structuring Narrative Therapy with Families and Couples. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work 1, March 2014. pp. 1-4.

Freedman, J. (2014). Witnessing and Positioning: Structuring Narrative Therapy with Families and Couples. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 35: 20–30. doi: 10.1002/anzf.1043

Jeff Chang, Gene Combs, Yvonne Dolan, Jill Freedman, Tracy Mitchell, Terry S. Trepper, (2013). From Ericksonian Roots to Postmodern Futures. Part II: Shaping the Future, Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32, 2, 35-45.

Jeff Chang, Gene Combs, Yvonne Dolan, Jill Freedman, Tracy Mitchell, Terry S. Trepper, (2012). From Ericksonian Roots to Postmodern Futures. Part I: Finding Postmodernism, Journal of Systemic Therapies, 31, 4, 63–76

Freedman, J. (2012). Explorations of the Absent But Implicit. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Issue #4 2012

Combs, G. & Freedman, J. (2012). Narrative, Postructuralism, and Social Justice: Current Practices in Narrative Therapy. The Counseling Psychologist, 40(7) 1033-1060, Sage. doi: 10.1177/0011000012460662

Freedman, J. (2011), My favourite questions. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work 4, pp. 3-8

Freedman, J. & Combs, G. (2009). Narrative Ideas for Consulting with Communities and Organizations: Ripples from the Gatherings. Family Process 48(3), September, pp. 347-362

Schwarzbaum, S. (2009). Interview with Jill Freedman: A conversation about having conversations. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 17(2), April, pp. 160-167.

Behan, C., Pare, D., Young, K., Freedman, J., & Augusta Scott, T. (2006). Unpacking the “Healing” Metaphor: A Panel Discussion. Journal of Systemic Therapies 25(1), Spring pp. 68-83

Combs, G. & Freedman, J. (2002) Relationships not boundaries. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 23(3), 2002, pp. 203-217

Freedman, J. & Combs, G. (2001). Facilitating a Narrative Culture in a School. Journal of Systemic Therapies 20(3), Fall, pp. 49-59

Freedman, J. & Combs, G. (2000). Therapy relationships that open up possibilities for us all. Dulwich Centre Journal (1 & 2), pp. 17-20

Contact us for a full list of articles by Jill Freedman and Gene Combs.

Interviews

Why "Why" Isn't Enough: Special Feature on Sandy Hook - PNS journalists Lark Corbeil and Mike Cliff discuss ways of responding to the school shootings with Jill Freedman. December 16, 2012.