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Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling

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Presentation

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Summer 8-24-2012

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hope, therapy, narrative therapy

Abstract

Hope is a necessary construct in narrative therapy but we need to be careful how we think about it. It does not lie in the essence of persons. There are not categories of people who are hopeful or hopeless. Rather, hope lies in the stories that we use to make sense of our lives but dominant stories from the world around us sometimes interfere with our access to hopeful stories. Therapy can help us reconnect with these stories, leading to the exercise of personal agency in our own lives. This presentation will explore how to help people do this through narrative therapy.

Rights

This is a keynote conference address that has not been previously published.

Comments

Keynote address to Japan Brief Psychotherapy Conference, Kobe, Japan, August 24, 2012.