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BEYOND THE AUTHORITATIVE VOICE: CASTING A WIDE NET IN ETHICS CONSULTATION

BySusan B. Rubin

This chapter outlines ways in which narrative methods can be useful in guiding the critical first step in ethics consultation-constructing the description of the case. Knowing what information to gather, how to gather it, and how to interpret it are all essential parts of the skill and art of ethics consultation. Narrative methods, with their attention to issues of narrative frame, voice, and interpretative skill, can help ensure that information is gathered and interpreted in an appropriate and competent fashion. Narrative methods can sharpen our attunement to issues of how the narratives of a case or ethical dilemma are constructed, whose voices are given authority, which plot lines are considered relevant, and which possible resolutions are given consideration. And finally, narrative methods can provide the necessary foundation for the normative work that follows.