What are your reactions to the therapist’s method for helping Ollie to spell out his preferred identity descriiption/story about himself vs. the story that was beginning to circulate about who he is?
Can you think of a past or present client for whom this “re-authoring” of one’s preferred story might be helpful?
The therapist helped to externalize two different problems and explored how those problems were influencing Ollie. What are the problems he externalized and what is an example of one question he used to help Ollie identify how he could have influence over the problem vs. having the problem control him?
What did the therapist do to pave the way for the mom to feel safe enough to disclose her experiences with racism in spite of the racial difference between them?
Ollie is a 12 year-old African-American boy who has been court-ordered to therapy after hitting his classmate with his belt. Watch Stephen Madigan, expert Narrative therapist, as he compassionately engages Ollie and his mother in a fascinating
inquiry into their experience of racism, discovering there’s much more to this incident than meets the eye. The 15-minute interview with Dr. Madigan at the beginning is optional. You are only required to view the actual 50-minute session with the young man and his mother.
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