Monday, May 2, 2016


Lawrence, L. S. (2016), an experienced social work practitioner in New York, documented how a clinical social worker demonstrates the use of the narrative method in working with groups. The article discusses the foundational concepts of “attention, representation and affiliation”. It explicates the pivotal choice of texts and their relation to trauma. The case illustrations include practice of the narrative method with a group of women who are coping with chronic illness, and with administrators and providers in a nursing home dedicated to the care of individuals experiencing dementia. The author got her master’s degree in social work in Columbia in 1973, and completed her Narrative Medicine Program in Columbia 2012. She has taught at the New York School for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and presented at various national psychotherapy conferences. What struck me was not the content of the article, but the seniority and passion of the author. Practice innovation is not a privilege of the young professionals. There is a Chinese saying: "as Heaven keeps vigor through movement, a person of noble character should unremittingly practice self-improvement" (天行健,君子以自强不息). How often can you see someone like this in Hong Kong?

Lawrence, L. S. (2016). The Group, The Photograph, The Wound, and the Writing: How a Social Worker Uses Narrative Medicine to Facilitate Groups. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 86, 45-57. 

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