Narrativising’ a Vocal Tic: The Use of Narrative Therapy in the Ridding of ‘Mr Squeeky’— Miguel Fernandez
Using the narrative therapy approach of externalising the problem, the author interviewed a ubiquitous vocal tic, called Mr Squeeky, that had afflicted a nine-year-old girl for more than two weeks. Within a week after the first session, more than 90% of the tic had disappeared, with the remaining expressions of it extinguished by the beginning of the third session. At the third session, the tic was brought into the session in an airtight container labelled ‘Squeeky lives here’.
Community Therapy: A Participatory Response to Psychic Misery— Adalberto Barreto & Marilene Grandesso
This collection introduces ‘community therapy’ which has been developed in Brazil to respond to various forms of social suffering and ‘psychic misery’. The collection includes an introduction to the history, key tasks, and stages of a community therapy gathering; a description of one example of a community therapy meeting; and a brief exploration of how ideas from narrative therapy have been introduced into community therapy practices.
Note: includes reflections by David Denborough and Cheryl White
‘Standing Together on a Riverbank’: Group Conversations about Sexual Abuse in Zimbabwe— Sipelile Kaseke
This brief article outlines a community response to sexual abuse in a rural community near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Local community workers developed a culturally-appropriate methodology for exploring young people’s responses to sexual assault in ways that did not rely on individual disclosure or public shaming and, instead, contributed to a collective voice which would question, resist, and protest against sexual abuse. This methodology employed the technique of a ‘personified’ externalisation; one of the community volunteers ‘played’ the role of Sexual Abuse, allowing children to ask about its various purposes, histories, and effects – and ways of limiting its effects in the community.
Overcoming Overwhelming— Ross Hernandez
This paper explores ways to richly describe parents’ skills and knowledges in dealing with problems that threaten to overwhelm their lives, especially in the context of raising children with significant challenges. The narrative practices of externalising conversations, tracing values, outsider-witness conversations, and therapeutic letters and documents were used with parents facing various problems.