For narrative-collaborative and solution-focused therapies, primacy is given to clients’ own meaning-making of their family stories. In other words, change comes not from altering dysfunctional patterns of relating, but re-authoring the ways couples and families make meaning of their relationships. Consider the impact of such techniques if your theoretical orientation is more action-oriented in focus. Conversely, imagine the potential difficulties if narrative-collaborative is your chosen theory, but your clients are less inclined to talk about their problems and participate in this type of storytelling.
To prepare for this Discussion, select one of the theories demonstrated in the videos this week (either narrative-collaborative or solution-focused). Consider challenges you might encounter if you attempted to integrate the theory you selected with your theoretical orientation including, but not limited to, agency or private practice demands, ethical responsibilities, or theory incompatibility. Then, envision how you might mitigate these challenges by reflecting on those aspects of the theory that connect with you most and how you might capitalize on them.
In response to this week post, I chose to collaborate on the theories relating to narrative-collaborative. Nevertheless, all therapy sessions at one point will cause somewhat of a challenge even if the client is offering to disclose just a little information about them and their life. “The pursuit of truth over meaning as humankind’s highest achievement,” stated in Cody J. Sanders, An Exploration of Knowledge and Power in Narrative, Collaborative-Based, Postmodern Therapies: A Commentary (Cody J. Sanders,2011). In my pursuit of working more in the counseling field, I feel that the challenges will involve society as a whole, ethnicity, parallels of family conflicts and dysfunctional behaviors retracting toward my theories of cognitive functioning. Therefore, every outcome will bring on a new challenge if the action of the client pursues to challenge their therapist. Working around obstacles can relate to the metaphorical mediation of client’s issues and problems sometimes to collide in a roller coaster ride of drama. However, ethics will also challenge most counselors of today because of the different behaviors each client may display. Nonetheless, one must demonstrate a moral principle at all times. In mitigating these challenges, one must have the correct training and knowledge of specific areas in their field or profession.While narrative therapy has well-articulated ways of addressing the dynamics and relations of power and knowledge in the client’s narrative, there remains the reality that the client and counselor are themselves caught up in relations of power (Cody J. Sanders,2011). While narrative counselors attempt to deconstruct the power relations between counselor and client by conceiving of the client as expert, this leads to what Brown (2007) sees as the dangerous treatment of “experience” as uncontestable truth (Brown ,2007). Further explains that postmodern feminists caution against such a privileging of individual experience resulting in experience being separated from social construction (Cody J. Sanders,2011).