Date of Award

Winter 2008

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Janet Elizabeth Falvey


Given the fundamental role of narrative deconstruction and reconstruction of client stories within the counseling profession, this thesis proposes creation of an elective course for counselor trainees based upon activities constructing personal experience narratives collaboratively in student dyads and in groups. The course was developed to facilitate three elements of professional and personal development: increased application of knowledge---specifically, knowledge of core counseling theories and tenets, social constructivism and narrative construction; interpersonal and relational skills; and judgment and maturity.

A review of the literature related to existing standards and precedents in counselor training, and the relationship to and use of collaborative narrative in counseling, directed the development of the proposed model. It includes a course syllabus, readings, descriptions of class exercises and methods for student evaluation. In order to determine the efficacy of the course, empirical means of evaluation including content analysis and pre-and post course assessments are suggested.