Life story work and social work practice: A case study with ex-prisoners labelled as having an intellectual disability

Ellem, Kathleen Alicia and Wilson, Jill (2010) Life story work and social work practice: A case study with ex-prisoners labelled as having an intellectual disability. Australian Social Work, 63 1: 67-82. doi:10.1080/03124070903464285

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Author Ellem, Kathleen Alicia
Wilson, Jill
Title Life story work and social work practice: A case study with ex-prisoners labelled as having an intellectual disability
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
Publication date 2010-03-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03124070903464285
Volume 63
Issue 1
Start page 67
End page 82
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract In common with other professions social workers have the power to articulate certain ''truths'' about the people who use their services (Hare Mustin, 1994). These knowledge statements about people, often situated in case files may become the only background information of the lived experience for people with disability (Gillman, Swain, & Heyman, 1997). Social workers need to develop interviewing, assessment and recording practices that give precedent to the worldview of service users, if they are to truly understand and respond effectively to people's lives (Bigby, 2007). One such way of doing this is by adopting a life story approach to working with vulnerable people, which can provide a holistic stance to a person's social reality (Ortiz, 1985). This article outlines the use of this approach in research with Queensland ex-prisoners who were labelled as having an intellectual disability. By explaining the process used by the first author (hereafter known as the researcher), the methodological findings of this study illustrate how life story work can contribute to social work practice.
Keyword Corrections
Disability
Narrative therapy
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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