Narratives and Counseling, Part 2- From Stories of the Past to Stories for the Future

Volume
Volume 20
Issue
Spring 1992
Title
Narratives and Counseling, Part 2- From Stories of the Past to Stories for the Future
Abstract

After a summary of sources of power contained in narratives as proposed by Kilpatrick (1986), a case history of Christian narrative counseling is presented. Emphasis is on a narrative conclusion to the counseling process that focuses on the client'€™s future. This future is understood as a story constructed by the client in response to God'€™s call: the working out of a vocation. The vocation story, interpreted in the framework of Northrop Frye'™s (1957) four narrative archetypes, is primarily a comedy or romance, not tragedy or irony. The therapist'€™s role in a narrative ending to therapy is interpreted as similar to that of a coach. Narrative models in psychology are also identified as part of a major paradigm shift to a less positivistic psychology, one that is much more compatible with Christian Scripture than is the traditional scientific paradigm.

Author
Dr. P.C. Vitz
Pages
20 - 27
Price
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