The Postmodern Theory Of Narrative Therapy Interventions

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According to the postmodern theory, a person’s perceived reality is a social construct that is influenced by social and political discourses (Cummins, Sevel,& Pedrick, 2012). Postmodernist focus on these discourses because it is believed that our realities are shaped by language, both verbal and written communication (Chang & Nylund, 2013). Thus, postmodernism hypothesizing that since reality can be constructed by society, it can also be reconstructed or reframed using language. A major interventions that does this within postmodernism is narrative therapy approach, which can help address domestic violence.
In narrative therapy interventions, clients are asked organize their experiences in narrative that puts them as the protagonist of their own story (Dybicz, 2012). By doing this the individual is able to externalize their problem and become the audience of their narrative (Taylor, Clement, & Ledet, 2013). By separating themselves from their problems, we can hypothesize that clients can get better clarity of their reality and start the solution process. For example, individuals or families affected by domestic violence may feel confuse, self-blame, and have conflicting thoughts. By having victims retell their stories in a narrative to themselves, they are able to see their situation in a new light and identify needs and problems as a result of the abuse. In doing this victims realize that it is not their fault and start to identify needs, such as financial and housing
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