Narratives and Counseling, Part 1- From Analysis of the Past to Stories About It

Volume
Volume 20
Issue
Spring 1992
Title
Narratives and Counseling, Part 1- From Analysis of the Past to Stories About It
Abstract

It is proposed that the present practice of psychotherapy and counseling would be enriched by introducing a narrative model of the psychotherapeutic process. Recent contributions supporting the importance of a narrative (story) based model are discussed. Theorists briefly treated are: Schafer (1980, 1983), with his narrative interpretation of Freud'€™s major concepts and a narrative understanding of the psychoanalytic session; Spence (1982), who introduced the notion of narrative truth as distinct from historical truth for understanding a client'€™s past, an approach that supports non-psychoanalytic narrative interpretation; and Viederman (1983; Viederman & Perry, 1980), who used short life histories for interpreting relatively healthy clients facing acute crises. Within this context and the narrative literary theory of Frye (1957), a Christian narrative approach to counseling is introduced.

Author
Dr. P.C. Vitz
Pages
11 - 19
Price
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