From authenticity to thick description and externalizing the problem: A turn to narrative therapy in working with people dealing with schizophrenia
International Disability Research Centre
The author noticed that his existential-humanistic counselling approach with its focus on authenticity and self-actualization seemed to be counter-productive in working with people dealing with schizophrenia issues. This noticing precipitated a turn to narrative therapy with its focus on people telling preferred stories of their own lives, moving towards thick rather than thin descriptions, and recognizing that people are not their problems. A case example of working with a person with schizophrenia issues is given to show how externalizing the problem can free extensive personal resources and strengths in defeating the problem. The author concludes with some personal reflections on his turn to narrative therapy.
Permission granted by Val Lawton, Managing Editor, IJDCR to include article in the University of Lethbridge Institutional Repository.
Schizophrenia , Schizophrenia treatment , Narrative therapy
Nixon, G. (2000). From authenticity to thick description and externalizing the problem: A turn to narrative therapy in working with people dealing with schizophrenia. International Journal of Practical Approaches to Disability, 24(1-3), 56-59.