ERIC Number: ED462666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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Keeping the Story Alive: Narrative in the African-American Church and Community.
Williams-Clay, LaTasha K.; West-Olatunji, Cirecie A.; Cooley, Susan R.
Narratives exist within the African cultural ethos then and now in a variety of contexts. For African Americans, one function of the narrative has been the therapeutic effect of ameliorating oppression. Current literature on narrative therapy provides a foundation for discussing the healing power of narratives in the African American community. Narrative interventions such as the Story Circle exercise are considered culture-centered because of its intentional use of African-based mores (e.g., emphasis on community, intergenerational focus, and circularity). Counselors considering culture-centered narratives for work with African American clients need to consider the effective forms of resilience within the African American community. This will allow them to replicate and generalize these forms of resilience within the counseling session. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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