n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die narratiewe werkswyse en maatskaplike werk

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Narrative therapy inaugurated a new movement in the field of therapy. White and Epston are the most important architects of this method and regard their work as derived from post-structuralism. It implies, inter alia, that the therapist is not allowed to make decisions regarding a person and his life from a position of power. The approach is therefore to move with the client from the so-called not-knowing position and to develop a new alternative story in co-operation with the client.
White indicated that he developed his method proceeding from five so-called micro-maps, namely the deconstruction of the story, the development of a new story, the conducting of ceremonies as affirmation of the client's new story and therefore also of a new identity, the use of remembering conversations and implementation of taking-it-back practices.
The use of narrative therapy proves useful in social work, especially in a culturally diverse milieu, as is the case in South Africa.

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