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Reading, Writing and Reflecting: Narrative Skills in Social Work Practice

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Reading, Writing and Reflecting: Narrative Skills in Social Work Practice



6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

$250 single; $200 each for 5 or more

Alumni will receive a $50 discount. Please email swope@columbia.edu for the promotional code. Your email should contain your name and the year you graduated.

*Open to the public



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This workshop seeks to help social workers to open and extend communications with clients and colleagues by engaging in narrative practices and rediscovering the power of story. As social workers we realize that the care of our clients unfolds in stories, and we recognize that a central event of practice is for a client to given an account of self and a clinician to skillfully receive it. Narrative techniques fulfill the mission and core competencies of the social work profession and are applicable to social workers practicing across a wide variety of professional settings.

Identity and intersubjectivity are at the conceptual heart of this workshop, which enhances narrative competence through methods of close reading and reflective writing. The foundations of these practices are shared by many disciplines - critical theory, jurisprudence, literary and visual arts, oral history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, religious studies, and social work because well-crafted narrative fosters attention, empathy, imagination, and affiliation with clients and colleagues.

Narrative techniques fulfill the mission and professions’ Core Competencies and standards for Cultural Competence, specifically professional identity, ethical practice, critical thinking, and diversity. The close reading and reflective writing exercises heighten awareness to bias and assumptions by listening to multiple points of view. At its core narrative practice values humility as a competence and learning as dialogic.

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Through lecture, reading, textual analysis, discussion and writing, this workshop engages participants in the practice of narrative methods that prove effective in meeting the needs of clients, caregivers and teams through and giving and receiving stories.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

• Describe narrative techniques: “close reading” and “writing as discovery”
• Elicit and recognize clients’ needs in narratives
• See “newly” and support multi-faceted identities in clients and self
• Utilize multiple points of view in planning and decision making
• Incorporate humility in recognition and consideration of diversity
• Reduce stress for clients and self through engaging with art and literature



Presenters:

The instructors are authors and co-editors of Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story (May 2017).

Lynne Mijangos, LMSW, MFA, MS, spent forty years working in interdisciplinary teams as a nurse and social in medical and surgical floors, emergency and recovery rooms, schools, and early intervention projects. She graduated with an MFA in Nonfiction at The New School University and MS in the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Program. She has facilitated Narrative close reading and reflective writing workshops at Columbia University, Lutheran Hospital, Maimonides, NASW’s NYC chapter on Narrative Practice, and Mt. Sinai.

Lynn Lawrence, CSW, MSSW, MS has worked in medical, psychiatric in-patient units, outpatient units and has been in private practice for over 35 years. After earning her MS in the Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University, she has taught numerous Narrative courses focused on trauma, chronic illness, breast cancer and others. Lynn has also completed training at the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and publishes in both psychotherapy and narrative practice.



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Continuing Education Contact Hours Information

6.5 contact hours will be awarded for NYS, NJ and CT licensed social workers. Licensed Social Workers for other states, please refer to your state licensing agency and email swope@columbia.edu. In order to receive your continuing education certificate, you must attend the entire workshop. Certificates will be emailed within 30 days of the workshop. CSSW is an approved NYSED provider for continuing education contact hours and a CSWE accredited institution.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

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Cancellation policy: Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

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