Katherine Smith speaks with Social Work's Professor Louise Harms about the rise in interest in narrative therapy from training as well as therapeutic perspectives.
Social Work's Professor Louise Harms says 51 students enrolled in the program last year.
"Narrative Therapy is proving very popular among people from areas where people are struggling to recover from the trauma of war and conflict," Professor Harms
says, citing Narrative Therapy's use to support children in a Palestine trauma centre.
As a 'post-modern' approach to therapy Professor Harms
says a key feature of Narrative Therapy is its validation of human rights and social justice.
"Narrative Therapy challenges dominant forces and norms that may be oppressive and so for instance has been useful in dealing with transgender and gay rights issues.
It allows the therapy seeker to work with the therapist to change the discourse around problems an individual may be experiencing.
"The mantra of Narrative Therapy is 'The person isn't the problem, the problem is the problem,' and it acknowledges that people are the experts in their own lives and have the ability to change their relationship with problems," Professor Harms