Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story by Ann Burack-WeissNarrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story by Ann Burack-Weiss

Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story

EditorAnn Burack-Weiss, Lynn Sara Lawrence, Lynne Bamat Mijangos

Paperback | August 1, 2017

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Narrative in Social Work Practice features first-person accounts by social workers who have successfully integrated narrative theory and approaches into their practice. Contributors describe innovative and effective interventions with a wide range of individuals, families, and groups facing a variety of life challenges. One author describes a family in crisis when a promising teenage girl suddenly takes to her bed for several years; another brings narrative practice to a Bronx trauma center; and another finds that poetry writing can enrich the lives of people living with dementia. In some chapters, the authors turn narrative techniques inward and use them as vehicles of self-discovery. Settings range from hospitals and clinics to a graduate school and a case management agency. Throughout, Narrative in Social Work Practice showcases the flexibility and appeal of narrative methods and demonstrates how they can be empowering and fulfilling for clients and social workers alike.

The differential use of narrative techniques fulfills the mission and core competencies of the social work profession in creative and surprising ways. Stories of clients and workers are, indeed, powerful.

Ann Burack-Weiss, PhD, LCSW, has taught two generations of students at the Columbia School of Social Work and is now associate faculty in Columbia University's Program in Narrative Medicine. Her latest book is The Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman's Life (Columbia, 2015). Lynn Sara Lawrence, MS, MS, is a psychotherapist and a gr...
Title:Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Rita CharonPreface: A Carnival of Possibilities, by Ann Burack-WeissAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Many Ways of Knowing, by Ann Burack-WeissPart I. Writing as Discovery and Healing1. Stuck: An Intersection of Stories, by Lynne Bamat Mijangos2. Garden at Vaucresson: It's Not All a Bed of Roses, by Lynn Sara Lawrence3. Another Kind of Witnessing: Narrative Medicine and the Trauma Therapist, by Kristen SlesarPart II. Narrative Social Work with Individuals and Families4. The Reluctant Storyteller: The Use of Self in Narrative Social Work, by Millet Israeli5. Grace Notes: Singing in Marion's Hospital Room, by Constance H. Gemson6. One Family's Experience of Falling Out of Health: A Mother Remembers; a Daughter Reflects, by Jessica Greenbaum and Isabel Marcus7. Scheherazade: The Social Worker as Interpreter of Social, Cultural, and Familial Maladies, by Judith Levi8. Sharing a Narrative Meal: The Therapeutic Use of Narrative with Older Adults, by Lauren Taylor Part III. Narrative Social Work with Groups9. Storytelling and Listening to Combat HIV/AIDS: Stigma and Secrecy in Kenya, by Benaifer Bhadha10. I Like Dancing and Singing and Prancing and Flinging: Using Poetry in Dementia Care, by Mary Hume11. Jesse's Story: A Mother's Voice-a Social Work Journey, by Heidi Mandel12. With Every Story We Rise: Narrative Means to Social Justice Ends, by Nora McCarthy and Rachel BlustainPart IV. Narrative Social Work in Education, Supervision, and Research13. Transnational Parenting: The Hidden Costs of the Search for a "Better Life", by Christiana Best-Giacomini14. The Worker-Mentor Story: Narrative Approaches in Social Work Supervision, by Alicia Fry15. Narrative Research: Discoveries in Listening to Clinician-Scholars' Experiences of Working Across Trauma and Loss, by Madelyn Miller16. Reading and Writing Really Are Fundamental: How Stories Shape Professional Development, by Mary SormantiConclusion: On Narrative Competence and Narrative Humility, by Ann Burack-Weiss, Lynn Sara Lawrence, and Lynne Bamat MijangosList of ContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Within the context of the helping process, our stories, our clients' stories and the stories of our time and times past enlighten social work practice. The complexities of humanity cannot be adequately understood through a digitalized format-well-crafted narrative continues to be a cornerstone of the social work profession. Narrative in Social Work Practice, is a thoughtfully edited collection, essential for any social worker who wants to better understand why, when, and how we address the human condition.