PUB HLTH 7005 - Narrative Approaches to Counselling
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7005 Course Narrative Approaches to Counselling Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Summer Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 30 hours (intensive workshop) Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M. Counselling & Psychotherapy students only Course Description This course provides a rigorous introduction to narrative practice. All of the central practices of the narrative approach will be explored, along with an accessible introduction to the theories and thinking that informs the practice. This introduction is relevant for a range of contexts including counselling and working with groups and communities. It will include explorations of the key ideas of narrative therapy, with an emphasis on developing skills in using the narrative approach and how these might apply in a variety of settings.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jaklin Eliott
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the underlying theories and core ideas of narrative approaches to counselling and psychotherapy
Critically appraise research studies related to the clinical application of narrative therapy, and an appreciation of the evidence base to narrative therapy, its clinical applications, its strengths and limitations in practice
Discuss the ethical and political concerns regarding counselling that are specifically raised within the narrative community of practice
Identify the relevance of narrative approaches to specific areas of counselling practice
Provide information to clients regarding the nature of narrative therapy
Describe and critique the variety of techniques and approaches used in narrative practice
Practice narrative therapy appropriately in counselling
Describe and appropriately apply narrative approaches to different age groups and populations
Identify a range of resources regarding narrative approaches
Critically reflect on their own development of a narrative approach to counselling
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-10 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-10 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
N/A Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1-4, 8-10 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesWhite, M. (2007). Maps of narrative practice. New York: Norton.
Additional required readings will be made available to participants via MyUni.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be presented as an intensive program of interactive learning. Lecturers will use illustrations from their own work along with structured exercises and group discussion as a way of supporting participants to engage with narrative practice. The emphasis will be on developing skills in using the narrative approach and how these might apply in a variety of settings. On the foundation of the study of narrative ideas and their philosophical/theoretical background, and skills-based learning, students are encouraged to connect their study to their own work and areas of interest, and to develop their own narrative ways of working.
The learning from these face-to-face workshops will be extended through submission of critical analysis of and reflections on provided readings. A narrative conversation that participants conduct with a fellow student currently enrolled in the Masters program will be recorded and partially-transcribed, and used as the basis for an assignment focussing on the use of ‘narrative mapping’.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The workload for this course is equivalent to 12 hours per week over a semester. Full attendance is required at the interactive workshop.
Learning Activities Summary
Theme Topics 1. Introduction to the Narrative Practices
- Brief overview
- Key ideas that underpin Narrative Practice
2. Introduction to the Narrative Metaphor
- What do we mean by stories?
- What is a story made up of?
- Stories as a vehicle for Meaning Making
3. Responding to problem stories through Externalising Conversations
- Distinguishing between internalised and externalised ways of thinking
- The statement of position map of practice for responding to problem stories
4. Position of the therapist
- Taking a non-expert position
- The role of curiosity
5. Lives are multi-storied
- Dominant and subordinate storylines
- The dangers in the single story
6. Discourse and Deconstruction
- The social, relational, and political context of experience and story development
7. Rich Story Development of preferences
- Developing personal agency through story development
- Re-authoring map as a way to support rich story development in the preferred territory
8. Rich Story Development continued
- Making links with neuroscience and storying
9. Absent but implicit
- Introduction only, making links with overview of narrative practices
- Links with key ideas, including that life is multi-storied
Specific Course RequirementsNone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
Essay: critical reflection/analysis
1-3, 6, 8-10
Structured analysis ('mapping exercise') of narrative interview
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailCritical analysis of narrativepractice (1500-2000 words: 30%)
Each participant is expected to submit a critical analysis of selected reading on narrative practice. The aim of the analysis is to consider the implications of narrative approaches for therapeutic practice. These readings and further instructions will be available on MyUni.
Recording and structured analysis of a narrative interview (2500-3000 words: 60%)
To demonstrate competence with interviewing skills and familiarity with narrative philosophy and practice, students will conduct and record a narrative interview, subjecting this interview to a structured analysis according to standard narrative ‘mapping’ practice. An information and consent form regarding the recording and further use of the interview will be provided to students for the interviewee to sign. Further instructions will be available on MyUni.
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