Post Modern Narrative Therapy
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Theory of change
Change occurs by separating patient from problem and creating a new narrative or story, which emphasizes the clients competencies and strengths.
4. Views individuals as the experts on their own lives.
1. Deconstruct problem-saturated stories in order to create more helpful stories
2. Re-authoring the story-having a new story emerge.
1. Externalizing the problem
2. Social Constructivism
3. Deconstructive Questions
4. Mapping the Influence
5. Identifying Unique Outcomes
6. Enlisting a Witness
7. Writing a Letter
Externalizing the Problem
Separating the person from the problem story
Where the message are coming from: Focus is on the present and past-the current problem and the history of the problem. Special attention is given to social issues, such as culture, gender, race, disability, social class.
Questions that clarify meaning and help people unpack their stories. They encourage clients to situate their narratives in broader contexts.
Mapping the Influence
Process of eliciting from the client a detailed description of the problem's effect and influence on client's life and relationships.
Identifying Unique Outcomes
Times in the client's life during which the client was able to resist the effects of the problem.
Enlisting a Witness
Inviting someone who has a sense of who the client is to support & witness the re-authoring process.
Writing a letter
Client writing a letter to self and others to reinforce a new story.
Beginning Phase of treatment
Client is invited to tell their Problem-Saturated Stories-the reason client is seeking therapy.
Early/Middle Phase of Treatment
The problem is externalized; Mapping the influence/effects of the problem; Identify/explore unique outcomes; re-author story; Enlist a witness.
End phase of therapy
Document and support new story; write letter to self and others.
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