Australia – Engaging men who use violence: Invitational narrative approaches

23 October 2019 - Sustainable change is likely for men who use violence against women and children when a reflective counselling approach is used, according to research published today by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

Engaging men in a conversation about change is one of the key challenges for practitioners working with men who use violence. The report’s findings suggests that an “invitational narrative” approach can build men’s emotional and intentional investment, making sustainable change more likely and contributing to long-term social transformation.

The study found that the approach gives men a safe space to address shame and “reauthor” the story of who they are and how they behave. This supports self-generated and personally meaningful change.

In narrative practice, counsellors use curious, non-judgemental enquiry to encourage men to reflect on their particular circumstances, articulate their "ethical preferences" and identify what prevents them from living in accordance with their stated values.

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Извор: WUNRN - 27.10.2019