Narratively influencing social work practice in Singapore— Mohamed Fareez and Prema Mohan


Social work practice has often been criticised for maintaining systems of oppression when working with vulnerable persons. Critics have often proselytised the benefits of working ‘outside the system’ in order to change the system (Mullaly, 1993). The authors of this paper present a counter story to this. We suggest that there are possibilities for working within the system and for advocating for the people who consult us. We present our Singaporean experiences of applying the collaborative approaches of narrative therapy within established systems, with examples from social work case management processes.