ERIC Number: ED495543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec-15
Narrative Counseling in Schools: Powerful & Brief
Winslade, John M.; Monk, Gerald D.
Narrative counseling is based on the premise that stories, rather than hard-nosed realities, shape our lives. By changing the stories that negatively label and define students, they are helped to open up new avenues and opportunities. In this second edition of their best-selling book, the authors present even more case studies, guidance, and examples of counseling practice to help students narrate stories that "redescribe" who they are and can be. Mindful that today's busy counselors need effective and brief techniques, the authors make plain the steps with which counselors can externalize problems and draw out student self-knowledge to inform new ways of identifying and behaving. Updated throughout, this new edition offers: (1) an exploration of ethically sound accountability practices; (2) potential obstacles and suggestions for overcoming them; (3) guidance to help students set goals; (4) applications of narrative ideas to restorative justice; and (5) an expanded section on group work, specifically focusing on anger management and grief counseling. Grounded in a deep respect for students, this book's principles and practices will enable students to choose for themselves the new reputations by which they'll be known. This book commences with a Preface and then divides into the following five chapters: (1) What is Narrative Counseling All About? (2) Doing Narrative Counseling: A Step-by-Step Guide; (3) Reworking Reputations; (4) Conversations With Kids Who Are "In Trouble"; and (5) Working in a Narrative Way With Groups, Classes, and Communities: Beyond an Exclusive Focus on the Individual. The book also provides a Reading List, References, and an Index.
Descriptors: Story Reading, Reading, Guidance, Counseling Techniques, Case Studies, School Counseling, Group Counseling, Student Welfare, Student Improvement, Reading Material Selection, Ethics, Accountability, Goal Orientation, Grief, Psychological Patterns, Behavior Problems, Children
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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