Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story

Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story

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Narrative in Social Work Practice features first-person accounts by social workers who have successfully integrated narrative theory and approaches into their practice. Contributors describe innovative and effective interventions with a wide range of individuals, families, and groups facing a variety of life challenges. One author describes a family in crisis when a promising teenage girl suddenly takes to her bed for several years; another brings narrative practice to a Bronx trauma center; and another finds that poetry writing can enrich the lives of people living with dementia. In some chapters, the authors turn narrative techniques inward and use them as vehicles of self-discovery. Settings range from hospitals and clinics to a graduate school and a case management agency. Throughout, Narrative in Social Work Practice showcases the flexibility and appeal of narrative methods and demonstrates how they can be empowering and fulfilling for clients and social workers alike.

The differential use of narrative techniques fulfills the mission and core competencies of the social work profession in creative and surprising ways. Stories of clients and workers are, indeed, powerful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231173612
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 816,008
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ann Burack-Weiss taught for thirty years at the Columbia University School of Social Work and is now associate faculty in Columbia’s Program in Narrative Medicine. She is the author of The Caregiver’s Tale: Loss and Renewal in Family Life (Columbia, 2006) and The Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman’s Life (Columbia, 2015).

Lynn Sara Lawrence is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City. She has taught at the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and has contributed to Smith College Studies in Social Work and Psychoanalytic Social Work.

Lynne Bamat Mijangos is practicum supervisor for the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is the author of Baby Girl Mijangos (2004) and is a contributor to Virginia Woolf Miscellany.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Rita Charon
Preface: A Carnival of Possibilities, by Ann Burack-Weiss
Introduction: Many Ways of Knowing, by Ann Burack-Weiss
Part I. Writing as Discovery and Healing
1. Stuck: An Intersection of Stories, by Lynne Bamat Mijangos
2. Garden at Vaucresson: It's Not All a Bed of Roses, by Lynn Sara Lawrence
3. Another Kind of Witnessing: Narrative Medicine and the Trauma Therapist, by Kristen Slesar
Part II. Narrative Social Work with Individuals and Families
4. The Reluctant Storyteller: The Use of Self in Narrative Social Work, by Millet Israeli
5. Grace Notes: Singing in Marion's Hospital Room, by Constance H. Gemson
6. One Family's Experience of Falling Out of Health: A Mother Remembers; a Daughter Reflects, by Jessica Greenbaum and Isabel Marcus
7. Scheherazade: The Social Worker as Interpreter of Social, Cultural, and Familial Maladies, by Judith Levi
8. Sharing a Narrative Meal: The Therapeutic Use of Narrative with Older Adults, by Lauren Taylor
Part III. Narrative Social Work with Groups
9. Storytelling and Listening to Combat HIV/AIDS: Stigma and Secrecy in Kenya, by Benaifer Bhadha
10. I Like Dancing and Singing and Prancing and Flinging: Using Poetry in Dementia Care, by Mary Hume
11. Jesse's Story: A Mother's Voice—a Social Work Journey, by Heidi Mandel
12. With Every Story We Rise: Narrative Means to Social Justice Ends, by Nora McCarthy and Rachel Blustain
Part IV. Narrative Social Work in Education, Supervision, and Research
13. Transnational Parenting: The Hidden Costs of the Search for a "Better Life", by Christiana Best-Giacomini
14. The Worker–Mentor Story: Narrative Approaches in Social Work Supervision, by Alicia Fry
15. Narrative Research: Discoveries in Listening to Clinician-Scholars' Experiences of Working Across Trauma and Loss, by Madelyn Miller
16. Reading and Writing Really Are Fundamental: How Stories Shape Professional Development, by Mary Sormanti
Conclusion: On Narrative Competence and Narrative Humility, by Ann Burack-Weiss, Lynn Sara Lawrence, and Lynne Bamat Mijangos
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