In this video Steve Madigan describes the three stages of narrative
Deconstructing problematic dominant stories. Naming the problem.
Tracing the history of the problem. Exploring the effects of the
problem. Situating the problem in context. Discovering unique
Re-authoring problematic dominant stories. Help clients to
continue to bring forward unique outcomes and previously unpriviliged
aspects of their experiences and identities. Trace history and meaning
of unique outcomes and name alternative story. Thicken alternative
Remembering conversations. Therapeutic documentation and letters.
Rituals, celebrations, and ceremonies. Engage with support networks
and communities of care.
A Narrative Perspective: The Danger of A Single Story
In this video Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes the danger of being
exposed to a single dominant story. As a young girl growing up in eastern
Nigeria, Chimamanda had access to British and American children's
books. She describes the implications of being exposed to a single type of
dominant story which privileged Western worldviews and experiences.
Exposure to this type of dominant story shaped her beliefs about stories
leading her to conclude that people like her were invisible in literature.
She goes on to describe how any dominant story (e.g., a single story
of who should be written about in children's books or what it means
to be poor or to be African) can lead to dangerously incomplete
stories, thin conclusions, and stereotypes. She argues that exposure to
many types of stories matter as our lives are multistoried and full of
contradictions. By considering many perspectives (dominant and
alternative stories) we can expand our conversations and change the way
in which the stories we construct impact our ways of understanding and our
values, beliefs, and actions.
Want to learn more about the way clients understand their problems
through stories and the impact of thin conclusions and problem saturated
narratives? Click here to read the introduction and first two chapters
from Alice Morgan's book What is Narrative Therapy?.