The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Adopts a postmodern, narrative, social constructionist approach offering ideas and techniques where students develop an understanding of how the welfare state constructs people's realities. Its focus will primarily be the development of skills in narrative therapy in addition to the specific development of anti-oppressive principles of welfare practice.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a grounded knowledge of the ways of writing within and implementing and processing the various interventions within Narrative Therapy Approach to Counselling.

2. Demonstrate familiarization with the core tenets, and therapeutic interventions; and display an ability to compare other traditional approaches to therapy.

3. Demonstrate a capacity to make connections regarding the application of narrative techniques with radical/structural approaches of therapy.


The course covers a wide range of narrative practices including externalisation, re-membering, therapeutic letter writing, the use of rituals. It also offers a progressive critique of narrative practice and outlines a more radical counter-hegemonic practice.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Presentation: Core presentation and write up