School of Social Practice, UNITEC Institute of Technology/The Family Therapy Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
David studied at the universities of Auckland(anthropology), British Columbia(sociology), Edinburgh(community development) and Warwick(social work/family therapy). He is the co-director of The Family Therapy Centre and teaches at the School of Social Studies, UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He has held visiting professorships at various universities. Along with Michael White, he co-originated what has come to be known as 'narrative therapy and community work'. His 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 along with other collections of papers and book chapters. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters (1996) and a 'distinguished contribution to family therapy theory and practice' from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy(2002) and the American Family Therapy Academy(2007).