Adventure as the metaphoric basis for constructing a narrative to defuse a collective critical incident

Cologon, John J. (2010) Adventure as the metaphoric basis for constructing a narrative to defuse a collective critical incident. Explorations : An E-Journal of Narrative Practice, 2010(2), pp. 36-42.

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This article describes an exercise in collective narrative practice, built around the metaphor of adventure. This metaphor helped to scaffold the development of stories of personal agency for a group of Australian primary school children whose teachers were afraid they might be traumatised by events which occurred during a school excursion. During the excursion, the group of 110 Year 5 and 6 school children had their accommodation broken into on two separate occasions and various belongings stolen. The very brief period made available for ‘debriefing’ was used to introduce the metaphor of adventure, and open up space for the children to begin constructing a story in which they were ‘powerful’, as an alternative to the story of powerlessness and victimhood in which they were initially caught up.

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ID Code: 43707
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Collective Narrative Practice, Critical Incident, Trauma, Group Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy
ISSN: 1837-798X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Dulwich Centre Foundation
Copyright Statement: Explorations: An E-Journal of Narrative Practice is an open access electronic journal. Content in this e-journal is provided to subscribers at no cost, in order to support the growing community of narrative practitioners around the world. Copyright of papers published in this e-journal rests with Dulwich Centre Foundation. Users are permitted to download, print, and share content from the journal, on a non-commercial, non-derivative basis, as per this Creative Commons Licence as long as the following acknowledgement is made: ‘This paper was first published in Explorations: An E-Journal of Narrative Practice by Dulwich Centre Foundation’
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Last Modified: 28 Jul 2011 21:59

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