SAGE Journal Articles

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Ethics of Family Narrative Therapy

Christopher Peyton Miller and Alan W. Forrest

The article describes ethical dilemmas encountered when applying narrative family therapy.  Narrative therapy has the capacity to reconstruct individual family members’ experiences and stories while re-creating a family narrative story.  Ethical concerns may arise as a family narrative story is examined at the same time that individual family member narratives are examined.

  1. Describe the ethical dilemma related to confidentiality that is communicated in the case example related in this article.
  2. Are there additional situations (in addition to family therapy) where ethical issues around confidentiality may apply to the practice of narrative therapy?  Please give an example.
  3. After reading the article, what is, in your opinion, in the best interest of the Barker family?

Bridging the Power Gap : Narrative Therapy With Incarcerated Women

Annette M. Mahoney and Carol Ann Daniel

The article demonstrates the clinical application of narrative therapy with a population of incarcerated women.   Empowerment and understanding, through the deconstruction and reconstruction of narrative stories, are described and demonstrated in the article.

  1. The author states that many of the theories of psychology applied in prison settings perpetuate models of authority, reinforcing feelings of powerlessness among prison populations.  How is the issue of power approached within a Narrative Therapy framework?
  2. Describe, in your own words, the process of change that the author demonstrates through the application of narrative therapy.
  3. What challenges does a prison setting present to the implementation of a narrative counseling program or approach?  Describe what you would do to address or overcome these challenges.