Date of Paper

5-2014

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Sarah Ferguson

Abstract

Narrative therapy is a philosophy-based approach to therapy that emerged in the 1980’s, and has been incorporated into various practice settings. The purpose of this study was to identify if there are there commonalities among those who practice narrative therapy. In addition, this study inquired whether there are there commonalities in the application of narrative therapy. Eleven mental health clinicians in the Twin Cities filled out an online mixed quantitative and qualitative survey, via Qualtrics. Survey responses indicated similarities among those who practice narrative therapy with the following identified themes: formation of clinical identity, power of words, belief in the possibility of multiple stories, and positioning of the therapist. Survey responses indicated differences in the application of narrative therapy with the following identified themes: training and range of practice incorporation. Further research would be beneficial to explore the settings in which narrative therapy is being utilized and how clinicians incorporate narrative therapy with other therapeutic modalities.

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