Narrative Therapy and Post Modern Approaches Essay

1513 Words Oct 8th, 2011 7 Pages
NARRATIVE THERAPY: 1. Focus of narrative Therapy:
 Narrative conversations are interactive and always in collaboration with the people consulting the therapist.

Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationship with problems in their lives. Curiosity and a willingness to ask questions to which we genuinely don't know the answers are important principles of this work. There are many possible directions that any conversation can take (there is no
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Personify the P. Attribute oppressive intentions and tactics to it. Establish amount of disruption/dominating/discouraging caused by the problem to the client. Invite C to see his/her story from a different perspective by offering alternative meanings for events. Discover moments when C wasn’t discouraged- EXCEPTIONS Find Historical evidence that C was in control. Ask C to give a future perspective from the strong, competent person that is emerging. Create an audience in social environment to perceive and support the new story. WINSLADE & MONK: Narrative conversations do not follow the linear progression, but more cyclical progression. Cyclical contains the following elements: a. Move problems to EXTERNALIZED descriptions of problems. b. MAP the effects of a problem on individual. c. LISTEN to the signs of strength and competence in I problem saturated stories. d. Build a new story of competence and document these achievements.

THERAPY GOALS Narrative therapy views people as unique histories.

 Search for counter-narratives (those narratives that function in opposition to dysfunctional narratives).  Help people author new stories apart from those that derive from culturally dominant sources.  Deconstruct cultural stories that may hold a person back. THERAPIST’S ROLE AND FUNCTION ( NT= NARRATIVE THERAPISTS)
        NT are active facilitators. Relational necessities are: Care, interest, respectful curiosity, openness, empathy, contact and even

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