Understanding Narrative Therapy: A Guidebook For The Social Worker / Edition 1

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Overview

A clear guide to one of today's 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 people's 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826113825
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Springer Series on Social Work
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 217
  • Sales rank: 514,992
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Sonia Abels , was Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work, Cleveland State University, and Visiting Professor at Haciteppe University, Ankara, Turkey, at Vytatus Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, and at Walla Walla College, Washington, and Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California.

Her research focus is on social connections and social capital. She is currently engaged in building a social work ethics database, sponsored by California State University, Los Angeles, and the National Association of Social Workers, California chapter.

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Table of Contents

  1. Preface
    Part I: Setting the Scene
  2. Introduction
  3. Making Sense of Our Lives
  4. The Stories That Shape Our Profession and Its Future
  5. Understanding the Narrative Approach
  6. Doing Narrative Practice

  7. Part II: Special Applications of the Narrative Approach
  8. The Written Word: Letters and and Logs and Briefs
  9. Groups and Communities
  10. Supportive Approaches and Mutual Aid
  11. Narrative Administration
  12. Multicultural Narrative Practice
  13. Learning and Teaching Narrative Practice
  14. Liberating Practice

  15. References
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