TITLE

A Conversation With Virus X: Outing a Malevolent and Subversive Force in Parents' Lives

AUTHOR(S)
Wilkins, Peter; Donovan, Mark
PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy;Sep2007, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p138
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The following conversation describes a narrative means of uncovering (or deconstructing') some of the invisible forces that undermine parents' capacities in caring for their children in preferred ways. In the authors' experience, parents can be hugely resourceful and provide a clear account of what they should' be doing, yet seem unable to act upon their own good advice - it is as though an external agent, named below as �Virus X�, prevents them from being the parents they would like to be. Through naming this external agent, identifying its influences and noticing parents' acts of resistance in the face of these influences, antidotes to Virus X can be developed. This paper describes the development of such an approach within a child behaviour management group. In keeping with the playful approach encouraged by narrative therapy, the authors of this paper join forces to act as investigative journalists in exposing Virus X to the readers.
ACCESSION #
26884837

 

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