Narrative Therapy: Similarities Among Clinicians and Practice Implications


Social Work

Date of Paper/Work


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper


Sarah Ferguson


Narrative therapy is a philosophy-based approach to therapy that emerged in the 1980’s, and has been incorporated into various practice settings. The purpose of this study was to identify if there are there commonalities among those who practice narrative therapy. In addition, this study inquired whether there are there commonalities in the application of narrative therapy. Eleven mental health clinicians in the Twin Cities filled out an online mixed quantitative and qualitative survey, via Qualtrics. Survey responses indicated similarities among those who practice narrative therapy with the following identified themes: formation of clinical identity, power of words, belief in the possibility of multiple stories, and positioning of the therapist. Survey responses indicated differences in the application of narrative therapy with the following identified themes: training and range of practice incorporation. Further research would be beneficial to explore the settings in which narrative therapy is being utilized and how clinicians incorporate narrative therapy with other therapeutic modalities.


narrative therapy, clinicians

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