Curating Stories in Teaching Family Therapy

Jeanette Neden

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In this article I explore the use of Pearce and Pearce's' (1998) notion of ‘curating stories’ and ‘transcendent story-telling’ for teaching about models in family therapy. Taking a position of curator, the discussion invites students into inclusive and pluralist thinking about the many models in family therapy's collection. Two story-making frameworks of Stratigraphy and Australian Aboriginal ‘Dreaming’ are curated in a sequential way allowing a thick description and lived story of pluralism to emerge. Creative use of metaphors invites a context for transforming knowledge and abilities towards pluralism. I outline how family therapy can be taught using these metaphors as a way of freeing students to see its history as both interpretation and lived experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-236
JournalThe Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


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