In this presentation, Lisa Jones explains four ways of incorporating narrative approaches into palliative care social work. Along with their colleagues, Lisa adapted the ‘psychosocial assessment’ to include narrative questions, allowing for a different tenor of responses. Next came unpacking ‘unique outcomes’ such as ‘determination’. Lisa was also interested in exploring more the theme of ‘becoming a burden’. Finally Lisa looks at the important role of ‘outsider witness’ in working with people coming toward the end of their life.
I am grateful to live and work on Whadjuk Noongar Booja, Perth Western Australia. I work as a social worker, and at the time of recording this video was working in a community based palliative care service. I am always on the lookout for subordinate stories that are hidden, but waiting to be told or uncovered in some way. Narrative approaches have allowed me to work in ways that keep me anchored to the values and ethics I hold precious.