Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maryann Syers

Second Advisor

Laura Boisen

Third Advisor

Joseph Clubb


This case study examines the effects of narrative therapy on a client diagnosed with depression. I performed six sessions of narrative therapy with the client while measuring change in several different ways. After the referral, the study began with the client taking the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III), as well as setting two goal attainment scales that measured behaviors linked to her depression. I kept field notes during the intervention in order to track the progress of the sessions as well as my application of the model. At the conclusion of the intervention I performed a depth interview with the client and then she took a final MCMI-III. This thesis highlights the effects of specific facets of the narrative therapy model, as well as examining the impacts on the client the intervention was focused on. The measurements of this study indicate a decrease in the client's depression as well as other positive changes. The implications for the use of this model in social work is also discussed.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Hanson.B

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