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From genogram to genograph: using narrative means to contextualize social reality in the counselling session

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dc.contributor.author Van Niekerk, P J M
dc.contributor.author Van Niekerk, R L
dc.contributor.author Mushonga, H
dc.contributor.author Dogger, A
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-10T10:32:18Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-10T10:32:18Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation VAN NIEKERK, P.J.M., VAN NIEKERK, R.L., MUSHONGA, H. & DOGGER, A. 2006. From genogram to genograph: using narrative means to contextualize social reality in the counselling session. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 2(2):473-490, Dec. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3898
dc.description.abstract This article addresses a process that occurs when applying narrative therapy during a counselling session, namely moving away from the genogram towards the more effective genograph. Narrative therapy implies that we often talk and share stories about ourselves and that these stories are usually within a social context, whether it is our families, personal relationships or work. Stories are an important aspect in narrative therapy and therefore the counsellor must be aware of a family’s different contexts both as a family system, and as a group of individual members. The article takes as point of departure the thoughts of Charles Horton Cooley and George Herbert Mead and their influence on the development of the ‘self’ and the construction of our social reality within this process. It further argues in favour of the use of a genograph as a symbolic representation of the personal meanings of a family member’s experience of the dominant and alternative stories with which they live. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Narrative therapy en
dc.subject Counselling, family counselling en
dc.subject Genograph en
dc.subject Symbolism en
dc.subject Social reality en
dc.subject Social self en
dc.subject Self en
dc.subject Family history en
dc.title From genogram to genograph: using narrative means to contextualize social reality in the counselling session en
dc.type Article en


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