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What can be learnt about power relations in family therapy to reduce power differences in the therapeutic relationship? AND Curious about curiosity in family therapy

Perryer, Elizabeth (2011)
Clin.Psy.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Volume I contains a literature review paper and an empirical paper.
The literature review examines the family therapy literature that explores power in the therapeutic relationship. It is argued that therapists have elevated influence and status compared with clients. The conceptual understanding of power is elicited from the literature, alongside the clinical implications for clinical practice for reducing power differences in the therapeutic relationship. Creative ideas from the literature are proposed to promote a more egalitarian relationship in therapy, but empirical research is required to support claims and develop concepts.
The empirical paper is a qualitative study that implemented Foucauldian Discourse Analysis and Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR). Therapists were interviewed about curiosity, a key principle in family therapy, to learn about how they constructed it, to contribute to the limited evidence base. Findings highlighted how curiosity was understood in context of patterns of discourse related to a commitment to the systemic model. Further discourses constructed curiosity in relation to skill and as a natural personal quality. Clinical implications are discussed. The IPR process appeared to provide insight into the clinical practice of participating therapists, suggesting that it could be used as an effective supervision tool.
Volume II is the clinical component of the thesis, consisting of five clinical practice reports (CPRs). They summarise and evaluate my clinical work that took place during placements through the three year course.

Type of Work:Clin.Psy.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Willott, Sara and Larkin, Michael
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:Department of Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology
Subjects:BF Psychology
HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3210
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