A comparison and blending of the countercultural practice models: structural and narrative social work
The structural and narrative models of social work practice are summarized and compared relative to the social workerâ€™s role, the conceptualization of the problem, and the intervention techniques utilized. The two approaches are found to diï¬€er signifcantly in all areas and most specifcally in problem conceptualization. This diï¬€erence is indicative of Kuhnâ€™s (1962) observation that diï¬€erent conceptual paradigms are both structured and limited by their theoretical framework. Though both models vary by conceptualization and application, both are determined to be signifcantly diï¬€erent from the dominant medical model paradigm of â€œhelpingâ€? and thus considered countercultural. Finally, it is pointed out that the challenge to the dominant paradigm by these two models allows them to be blended together in social work practice.