Talking about sex: Narrative approaches to discussing sex life in therapy— Ron Findlay
How do we discuss sex issues in therapy with a narrative and post-structuralist, postcolonial approach? This paper discusses the ethics and practices of narrative approaches to talking about sex in therapy. It discusses ways to reduce the influence of shame and embarrassment, promote local knowledge and skills, and to minimise the impact of the gender and sexuality of the therapist.
Recipes for life— Natale Rudland Wood
Inspired by the narrative folk cultural methodologies of the Tree of life, Team of Life, and Kite of Life, caterer and narrative practitioner, Natale Rudland Wood, offers here a narrative way of working based on food metaphors and recipes for life.
The Team of Life with young men from refugee backgrounds— David Denborough
This paper describes how the Team of Life narrative methodology can make it possible for young men to speak about what is important to them, what they have protected, held onto, despite the hardships they have seen. This way of working also makes it possible for young men to speak about identity in a collective manner, to celebrate ‘goals’ that their ‘teams’ have already scored, and to make plans and preparations for the future. This way of working utilises sporting metaphors which are powerfully resonant within masculine culture and yet, significantly, provides possibilities for supporting and acknowledging alternative masculinities.
Talking about the DSM-V— Tom Strong
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition;DSM-V) is nearing publication, despite considerable controversies over its development. In this paper I provide a critical historical review of developments associated with the DSM-V, particularly as these developments relate to the practices of narrative and other constructionist practitioners. I relate the findings of recently completed research in which practitioners shared how they responded to the influence of the current DSM-IV-TR on their conversations with clients, along with ways they creatively responded to that influence. I close with suggestions for practitioners who live with administrative expectations that they use DSM-V diagnoses in their conversational work. This article is based on a paper presented to the Therapeutic Conversations X Conference, Vancouver, Canada May 12, 2012.