Article: Noticing the Small and the Ordinary: The Daily Practice of a Postmodern Narrative Therapy. Kaethe Weingarten (USA)

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In this beautifully written and must read article for students of narrative therapy, Kaethe Weingarten writes on how there are no “true” stories, no fixed “truths,” and no master narratives for a postmodern narrative therapist. This does not mean, however, that postmodern narrative therapists don’t have ideas that undergird their work. What distinguishes a postmodern from a modernist approach to constructs or ideas is how they inform the clinical work and how they are introduced into the therapy. The ideas presented are ones that she considers abstract, yet solid and weighty. Her point being is that big ideas can be knit, small stitch by small stitch, into the fabric of the work. Trumpets needn’t blare. The stuff of daily life, the small and the ordinary, can be fertile ground for the most sophisticated concept.


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