Details for Narrative Therapy

Students will explore the theories of postmodernism and social constructionism central to Narrative Therapy and how these sit with their own worldview. Students will also be introduced to the core skills, ideas, and practices that make up Narrative Therapy.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC332
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Narrative Therapy

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

  1. Explore the theories of postmodernism and social constructionism central to Narrative Therapy and how these sit with their own worldview;
  2. Examine your own life history and experience using post-structural, social constructionist and narrative ideas and practices;
  3. Describe and begin employing the core skills, ideas, and practices that make up Narrative Therapy;
  4. Analyse and critique these developing skills and practices.

Subject Content

  • Post-structural thought concerning human identity and development
  • Social constructionist thought concerning discourse and the constitutive nature of language
  • An understanding of power as advocated by post-structural thinking and adopted by narrative therapy approaches to counselling
  • The centrality of story/narrative in post-modern thought
  • Exploring these topics, and experiences of them in your own life
  • The tools and practices of narrative therapy that apply these ideas to human lives – externalising conversations, re-authoring conversations, re-membering conversations, definitional ceremonies, unique outcomes, scaffolding conversations
  • The stages of each of these practices
  • Developing and practicing narrative therapy practices and questions
  • Use a narrative therapy approach to counselling in role play situations
  • Use a narrative therapy approach in a real presenting concern with another student

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Personal History Rewrite (20%)
  • Critique Paper (30%)
  • Group Multimedia Presentation (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • White, M. 2007. Maps of Narrative Practice. W.W. Norton & Co., New York.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.