Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 199–220 | Cite as

Honoring and Privileging Personal Experience and Knowledge: Ideas for a Narrative Therapy Approach to the Training and Supervision of New Therapists

  • Thomas D. Carlson
  • Martin J. Erickson
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Abstract

This article discusses an approach for the training and supervision of new therapists built around social constructionist and poststructuralist ideas from a narrative therapy perspective. We briefly discuss some of the pitfalls of current training/supervision in marriage and family therapy (MFT) that are deficit based and/or that disproportionately grant privilege to expert knowledge. We articulate this emerging training approach which utilizes the rite of passage metaphor, centers relationalism, and incorporates the honoring and privileging of new therapists' lived experience, knowledges, skills, talents, ideas, morals, personal ethics, values, beliefs. Concrete practices of experience privileging, re-membering, and creating communities of concern are detailed, and illustrative examples from our supervision work are given.

training supervision narrative therapy self-of-the therapist ethics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Carlson
    • 1
  • Martin J. Erickson
    • 2
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Child Development and Family Science DepartmentNorth Dakota State UniversityFargo
  2. 2.Marriage and Family Therapy Program atIowa State University, Human Development and Family Studies DepartmentAmes

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