Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

The Stories that Shape Us: An Introduction to Narrative Theory in Social Work Practice


When: Friday, April 13, 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm

Where: Water Tower Campus, Corboy Law Center, Room 206

3 CEU's

Presenter: John P. McTighe, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Ramapo College of New Jersey





 Social workers are continually searching for ways to engage clients, and help them grow in their understanding of themselves and the meaning of their experience.  In this way, we strive to help our clients find healing, growth, and deeper satisfaction in their daily living.  Narrative offers a clinical approach that is as rich as it may be complex. This workshop will present an introduction to contemporary narrative theory and its application to intervention in a number of areas pertinent to social work practice today including trauma, grief and loss, immigration, social justice, and the professional development of the social worker.

 Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will be able to articulate their understanding of the essential aspects of contemporary narrative theory and its relationship to clinical practice.
  2. Attendees will be able to apply a narrative approach to practice with clients across a range of common presenting concerns. 
  3. Attendees will be able to articulate their understanding of the value of a narrative perspective for the work of social justice that undergirds social work practice.
  4. Attendees will be able to identify narrative strategies that can enhance their work with disenfranchised and marginalized clients as well as how these apply to their current fields of practice. 
  5. Attendees will be able to articulate the implications of narrative for their ongoing personal and professional development.

 Intended Audience

 This workshop is intended for both newer and more seasoned social workers who wish to learn about narrative theory and the role it can play in contemporary practice. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a foundational understanding of and beginning skills in the narrative approach, which they can apply immediately to a wide range of clients in their practice settings. 


 John P. McTighe is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he teaches in the MSW and BSW programs. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work and Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, and his M.Div. from the Washington Theological Union in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has published numerous articles in journals such as The British Journal of Social Work, The Journal of Traumatic Stress, and Clinical Social Work Journal. He is the author of the recently published Narrative Theory in Clinical Social Work Practice (Springer).  In addition to his teaching and writing, Dr. McTighe is also a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He is fluent in French and Spanish and has worked extensively with the Spanish-speaking community for over 20 years. Dr. McTighe maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Pompton Plains, New Jersey


General Admission: $80
LUC Alumni and Faculty: $60
Field Instructors: $25
Students: Seeking CEU’s: $25
Students: Not Seeking CEU’s: Free