Stories and Students: Mentoring Professional Development
“The purpose of this essay on counseling is to explore a theoretical framework that could guide counseling in the faculty-student context involving short-term, problem-focused discussion, conducted by those who function as counselors but (usually) without psychotherapy training. I present here ideas from narrative therapy, and more specifically the “story model of counseling,” a concept in psychotherapy in which stories are a framework for communication. A story metaphor supports the counselor in ways that help prevent the critical error of inattentive listening, while also suggesting fruitful ways for the counselor to help. I suggest that a “story model” can similarly guide faculty in advising law students in ways that foster the student's professional development.” 60 J. Legal Educ. 675.