n South African Journal of Higher Education - The silence of counsellors and the attentive voice of listening
Shaping the story: A guide to facilitating narrative career counselling, Kobus Maree (Ed.) : book review

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



People story their lives as they live them, and as story-telling beings, people are always living and storying their lives in relation to others - at once drawing from, and contributing to ongoing constructions of new stories. The telling and re-telling of people's stories allow them a space in which they can make sense of who they are, and assign some meaning to their lives. Deciding what to do with their lives, and understanding how to reconcile who they are with what they either can do, or cannot do, is no longer a straightforward process directly linked to a specific job description. Maree's edited work, (2011), can therefore be appreciated as a valuable tool to navigate the work environments of clients in times of turbulence and transition. Picking up on the unstated value of people's capacity as story-telling beings, Maree provides readers with multiple and innovative ways of how the narrative, as a counselling methodology, provides clients with an opportunity to make decisions about career choices, while retaining a self. It is precisely through this retention of the self that, in addition to offering a review of Maree's book, the reviewer wishes to situate her own voice in this remarkable book by offering another perspective - that of the voice of the counsellor, both as a potential story and as a contribution to the narrative construction.

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