A solution-building metaphorical concept for direct social work with children: An exploratory study

Van Der Merwe M. (2005)


As a practicing social worker the researcher was interested in a specific metaphorical concept that was used in a private practice context during direct social work intervention with children. The metaphorical concept was subjected to methodological analysis to determine and describe its applicability with the aim of adding to the body of knowledge regarding the use of metaphors in direct work with children from a solution-focused perspective. The underlying metatheory was social constructionism with specific reference to solution-focused and strengths-based social work practice. It was found that the particu lar metaphorical concept had specific functions that could be linked to solution-building questions and play actions. Adaptations to the basic metaphor were observed when it was used as part of sensory play, biblioplay and to enhance posttraumatic play.

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