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Committee on Narrative Practice - A Personal Storytelling & Listening Workshop
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When: Monday, June 18, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
10th Floor
New York, New York  10004
United States

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Interim Chair; Ann Burack-Weiss, PhD, LCSW


To RSVP please contact aburackweiss@gmail. com




We invite you to NASW- NYC Committee on Narrative Practice, to introduce the potential of narrative social work to social workers across all settings, populations, and disciplines, and to develop a lively conversation among colleagues. At traditional and non-traditional contexts, agency practice, and private practice, as well as in supervision, teaching, research, and administration, narrative practice can uniquely enhance the meaning of our work.
The Committee on Narrative Practice will meet three times during the year at the chapter office, 50 Broadway Suite 10001 New York, NY 10004. Future meeting dates will be announced, and will appear on the Calendar of Events. All social workers are invited.

Narrative Practice honors the human connection between clients and worker and the stories they bring into their encounter.  The reciprocal nature of the contact has the potential to unite case to cause – the advancement of the goals of racial and social justice – that are at the heart of the social work profession.

Illustrations of the breadth of narrative practice, and of the creative use of self while helping clients and their communities find hidden strengths, are included here from founding members of the committee. They also appear as chapters in a
“Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story” (Columbia University Press, 2017).


  • A social worker who uses her skill as an oral historian surprises herself and her dying client with the discovery that the story she evokes is a valuable historical archive.

  • A social worker with an understanding and love of poetry helps a group of Alzheimer patients in a senior citizen center compose a list poem that demonstrates their surviving spirit and strengths. 

  •  A social worker raised in privilege in India goes to Africa to help truck drivers feel safe enough to disclose their HIV stories, protect themselves and others and become advocates on their own behalf.

  • A social worker who understands the power of writing one’s story provides mothers’, stigmatized by having their children removed from their care, with the tools to write and publish accounts of their experiences - giving them a powerful voice in the child welfare system. 

  • A social worker who was a child of transnational parenting facilitates the telling of stories from mothers who have been separated from their children - so uncovering the costs of the search “for a better life”.

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