In this video, Bill Madsen offers a simple map to assist workers take up a post-structuralist relational stance.
Interactions between helping professionals and families invite the enactment of particular life stories and experience of identity in the process. With this in mind, the way in which helping professionals position themselves in relation to families becomes very important. This presentation showcases a simple map that can guide thinking and action and help workers take up a post-structuralist relational stance. The map both helps workers think their way through complex situations and provides a guideline for conversations between workers and families. The use of these maps over time has resulted in dramatic shifts in which workers move from taking on a role of experts engaged in corrective instruction to accountable allies helping families draw on developing abilities, skills and wisdom to pursue preferred directions in life.