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Co-authoring new relationships at school through narrative mediation

Abstract
The practice of narrative mediation is illustrated through a case study for its applicability to the resolution of conflict in a high school. Two boys who had been fighting are brought together by a New Zealand high school counsellor to address their differences. Fighting is externalised and the boys are invited into a relationship story based on their own knowledge of ways to resist fighting. The mediation disrupts the conflict narrative and develops a counter-story of harmonious relationship. This article illustrates narrative mediation in action and provides a commentary to make it understandable and replicable for school counsellors. As a straightforward case study, the article does not make substantial claims for this practice but seeks to inspire further applications of narrative mediation by school counsellors.
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Journal Article
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Williams, M. & Winslade, J. (2010). Co-authoring new relationships at school through narrative mediation. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 30(2), 62-74.
Date
2010
Publisher
New Zealand Association of Counsellors
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This article has been published in the journal: New Zealand Journal of Counselling. Used with permission.