Commitment to transparency Human MotivationFocus is on the ct’s story. The ct creates meaning, not a biological motivator. Central ConstructsHuman life is a series of stories, created over time by our attempts to connect events and derive meaningThis is a snowball effect throughout life Dominant stories – events that become privileged and support a preferred narrativeAlternate stories – Pars of our experience that we omit from our storiesCultural Discourse/Dominant Discourse – The stories our culture tells usProblem-Saturated Story – one that leads cts to seek help Thinness and Thickness – Qualities of the story Unique Outcomes – events that are not part of the dominant story Preferred story – “therapy goals” – unique outcomes that link together to start as a goal but with success become the dominant storyTheory of Person and Development of IndividualDev’t theory is not heavily focused – traditional stage theories are sometimes helpful. More emphasis placed on the trajectory of one’s life, culture, and personal understanding Multiversion/multistoried – Zimmerman and Dickerson feel that stories take turns holding the floor, and how we feel is influenced by that ; thus, the ct has multiple selves – this flies in the face of Western concept of selfHealth and DysfunctionCts come to tx because their stories do not sufficiently represent their lives at the time Problems have “careers” in the way they affect usSome samples of problem stories – the Ongoing Conflict, Not Being Appreciated, General Lack of TrustTwo common features – FEAR and LOVE“Preferred narrative” = healthyWhen we approach love, we tend to bask in it. When we approach fear, we tend to perpetualize it. Nature of Therapy
55Ct tells the story, cnslr listens, two make what they can of it. Beels – “telling and hearing of the story are a collaboration on one of many versions, one of many ways that consultant and client can travel across the landscape of experience, perhaps retracing their path again and again, ultimately looking for a path to a preferred place.”Assessment – informal usually; traditional assessment assumes a single reality to which the therapist has access. Second, processes tend to be pathology-oriented and may overlook contextual/cultural factors Thoroughly examine the problem Collaborative atmosphere; tx proceeds at the pace of the ct. Lots of tracking/gaining permission from ct by therapist. Cnslr is collaborator/consultant; cts are the experts.Goals – new, more satisfying stories; deconstruct problem saturated stories and re-author narratives that support preferred outcomes. Process of Therapy3 stages: 1. Story is an affliction (focus on effects rather than problem) 2. Alternatives explored – focus on unique outcomes, client is asked if this is their preferred story. Develop richness by adding plans and strategies to strengthen the story line, opportunities for it to take place. Ct is capable, able to fix the problem (re-authoring, re-storying, re-membering).
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