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The fictive method

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Hohschule Luzern

Connected – Systemic social work Throughout Europe -  STEP

Workshop in Critical reflection 25.4.2013

Katarina Fagerström, University of Helsinki

 

Introduction  - THE FIKTIVE METHOD

 

The FIKTIVE method is a dialogic model based on systemic thinking. I developed the method in my research about expertise in recognising families with substance misuse related problems. The research design consisted of reflective workshops for a multi-professional group of practitioners from the fields of substance misuse treatment, psychiatry, school social work and child welfare services. The dialogic and reflective processes for questioning the needed expertise was stimulated by fictive novels about children growing up in families with alcoholism, drug addiction and other social problems.

The Fictive method has also been tried out with social work students who are watching films instead of reading novels and reflecting critically on the character’s life situation seen from a personal and family level and even from larger structural levels or discourses in society. Fictive has also been implemented in adult education among teachers and welfare services in schools.

This workshop is a short version of how the FIKTIVE method can be applied.

 

We watch the short film WASP by Andrea Arnold, Great Britain (2003) 25 min.

 

The group is divided in three reflection groups on following perspectives:

1)    A CHILDREN’S PERSPECTIVE

2)    A ADULTS STRENGTH AND RESOURSE PERSPECTIVE

3)    A SOCIETY WELFARE PERSPECTIVE; RISKS AND SUPPORT

 

Question to the groups seen from their perspective:

1)    What are the risks

2)     What are the possibilities?

3)    How does the story continue?

 

Discuss the questions in your group and make notes.

 

Part two:

 

The following questions are asked to the groups:

1)    On what assumptions and values did you build your opinions?

2)    What knowledge did you base your assumptions on?

3)    How are your assumptions, values and knowledge connected to power?

 
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