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Telling and re-telling stories: The use of narrative and drawing in a group intervention with parents and children in a remote aboriginal community

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, The
Volume 33 Issue 2 (2012)

Abstract: The Let`s Start Parent-Child Program is a manualised parent-child program which aims to improve educational, social and emotional outcomes for Aboriginal parents and their four- to seven-year-old children. It has been implemented in the Northern Territory, Australia on the Tiwi Islands and in Darwin since 2005. This paper outlines the adaptation of the program to include narrative approaches, the sharing of stories and the use of expressive arts as a way to build understanding between program leaders and participating families. An example from a recent program is used to illustrate how the sharing of stories and expressive use of art engages and binds group participants together. It supports parents to tell their own stories, to speak about their lived experience, to reconsider aspects of their own and their children's experiences and to achieve an increased awareness of their personal resources and a sense of self-empowerment. The program is designed and delivered with sensitivity to individual parents, children and families, where cultural and interpersonal differences and different developmental and family situations can be taken into account.

To cite this article: Stock, Carolin; Mares, Sarah and Robinson, Gary. Telling and re-telling stories: The use of narrative and drawing in a group intervention with parents and children in a remote aboriginal community [online]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, The, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012: 157-170. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=644690414767472;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 0814-723X. [cited 01 Oct 16].

Personal Author: Stock, Carolin; Mares, Sarah; Robinson, Gary; Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, The, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012: 157-170 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0814-723X Subject: Parent and child; Child care; Child development; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin
(2) Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, email: sarah.mares@menzies.edu.au
(3) Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

Database: Health Collection