The Importance Of Narrative Therapy In Social Work

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In this paper, I will be discussing the relevance of narrative therapy pertaining to its use in social work. I will discuss the background and current use of this intervention as well as the intended use of this strategy with client populations and its cultural sensitivity. Overall, this practice has numerous studies which have evaluated its use with individuals, families, and groups and have validated the effectiveness of this practice with various client populations. Narrative therapy is based on the work of Michael White and David Epston and was developed during the 1970s and 1980s. Narrative Therapy relies on postmodern-constructivist approach as the client is recognized as the expert and that individual experiences are viewed from the client’s interpreted meaning (Young, 2010). The postmodern approach in clinical social work posits each society establishes normal behavior, however, diverse communities can be better understood through their unique perspectives (Maguire, 2002). The therapy asserts that cultural norms and expectations influence identity development, which becomes perpetually reinforced as individuals interact within their social environment (Robinson, 2015). According to Morgan (2000), “Narrative Therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling and community work, which centers people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values,

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