The application of narrative practice in a prison in Hong Kong: Be water, follow the flow— Chuk Wing Hung Keswick and Lee Sek-wing


The Enlighten Project involved 375 incarcerated men and women in an eight-week narrative therapy group work program conducted in Hong Kong prisons. This paper presents the results of qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the efficacy of the program, suggesting the potential for narrative work in prison settings. The Enlighten Project was successful in assisting those with multiple convictions and those classified as at risk of reoffending to re-author new stories that reflected their values and commitments for life on the outside. We offer reflections on our experience running the program, and on working in narrative ways in prisons and settings where a ‘risk assessment’ model is dominant.