Understanding Narrative Therapy: A Guidebook For The Social Worker

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Springer Publishing Company, Mar 20, 2001 - Psychology - 217 pages
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A clear guide to one of todayís most popular treatment modalities, this volume explores why the narrative metaphor is important in the therapeutic relationship, and how to incorporate narrative techniques into social work practice. Building on basic insights about how stories shape peopleís lives, and how destructive stories can be modified, the authors explore various applications of the narrative approach. These applications include conducting groups, working with multicultural clients, and supplementary classroom discussions.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Making Sense of Our Lives
15
3 The Stories That Shape Our Profession and Its Future
33
4 Understanding the Narrative Approach
57
5 Doing Narrative Practice
80
Letters and Logs and Briefs
98
7 Groups and Communities
108
8 Supportive Approaches and Mutual Aid
129
9 Narrative Administration
140
10 Multicultural Narrative Practice
157
11 Learning and Teaching Narrative Practice
172
12 Liberating Practice
186
References
197
Index
209
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About the author (2001)

Paul Abels, MSW, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Long Beach, Department of Social Work. He obtained his MSW form Boston University and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He was Professor and Associate Dean at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Abels was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey and Iran, and he and his wife, Sonia Abels, helped start a school of social work in Lithuania following its independence. He is the author of a number of books and articles, and introduced courses on administration, the future, alternative helping approaches, and narrative therapy for social work.

Dr. Abels has practiced with individuals, families, and groups and did tenant and community organization in Public Housing. He aided his wife in the development of the journal, "Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. " His current research is on the use of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and how it might be linked to narrative practice, thus providing an internationally appropriate helping approach.

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