Discourse And Narrative Approaches to Social Work And Counselling


O G-FEACC integra desde 2016 a Rede de investigadores DANASWAC, cuja agenda científica constitui uma das mais importantes referências do GEACC.

Themes of the DANASWAC to research, writing and practice are:

  1. Seeing the entities as social constructed rather than ready formed
  2. Importance of a focus on everyday practices, drawing on traditions of discourse and narrative theory and research
  3. Promoting discourse, narrative and ethnographic approaches in social work research, practice and education
  4. Promoting a dialogue between ideas and evidence, when research data in being analysing
  5. Research to address the dilemmas of practitioners and clients, concerned to identify, examine and debate what is seen as ‘good practice’ and ‘success’ as well as ‘mistakes’ and ‘traps’
  6. Widen what counts as ‘evidence’ in assessing practice
  7. Influenced by constructionist and interactional theories, promoting dialogues between clients and professionals in agencies in which there is dialogue between workers and managers, and educators and students
  8. Assisting practitioners to describe and publicly present their work in their own words, thus resisting formats which restrict workers from discovering their own practice
  9. Assisting clients to give a voice to points of view
  10. Encourage practitioners and clients to become researchers to overcome the distinctions between researchers and subjects of research, as well as supporting research at a distant where appropriate
  11. Promote multi-disciplinary and multi-professional discussions to generate new ideas
  12. Promoting international collaboration


Hall, C. et al. eds., 2014. Analysing Social Work Communication: Discourse in Practice, London / New York: Routledge.

Analysing Social Work Communication

«This book (…) focuses on the ways social workers carry out their work in everyday organisational conversations with clients and other professionnals, and provides tools to analyse these conversations in great details» (Hall et al., 2014: 1-2).


Hall, C., Slembrouck, S. & Sarangi, S., 2006. Language Practices in Social Work: Categorisation and Accountability in Child Welfare, London: Routledge.
Language Practices in Social Work
«(…) the social work profession may gain from developing the skills and frameworks for examining the nature of talk and interaction. In this way their sensitivity to their own communication with clients and other professionals becomes an object for examination and discussion» (Hall et al., 2006: 170-1).


Hall, C. et al. eds., 2003. Constructing Clienthood in Social Work and Human Services: Interaction, Identities and Practices, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Constructing Clienthood

Our «(…) interest is turned to the everyday practices of social work in which client categories are produced, maintained, modified and broken» (Hall et al., 2003: 13).

«Social constructionism, especially in the ethnomethodologically tuned traditions presented in this book, deals with the study of interaction (…). The study of interaction from the angle of constructing social reality brings into focus the use of language» (Hall et al., 2003: 17).

Participação do GEACC no 13º Encontro DANASWAC (Tampere, 08-11 Agosto 2016) –> Link

Participação do GEACC no 14º Encontro DANASWAC (Copenhagen, 14 – 17 Augusto 2017) –> Link

Michel G. J. Binet

Professeur Universitaire à l’ISSSL-UL (Instituto Superior de Serviço Social de Lisboa – Universidade Lusíada) - Chercheur en Travail social - Docteur en Anthropologie - Analyste de Conversation - Coord. do Lab•FEACC - Chercheur Associé ADAC - Consultant - Formateur - Traducteur (portugais-français) - Membre du Conseil du GIS Hybrida-IS, Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique en Travail social

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