How the study and practice of narrative therapy affects the development of therapists and their practices of therapy

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2008-04-10T06:00:10Z

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Mole, David William.

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The purpose of this research was to investigate how, or in what ways, the study and practice of narrative therapy affects the development of therapists and their practices of therapy. The following question was investigated: How, or in what ways, does the study and practice of narrative therapy affect the development of therapists and their practices of therapy? A modified, qualitative, narrative methodology was used that incorporated individual interviews. The stories of four narratively orientated therapists were considered as the data of this research. Seven themes emerged from the participmts' verified stories. The most robust emergent theme, changes as a therapist and as a person, was composed of; changes in depth of awareness, changes in practices of therapy, and changes in living as persons. The remaining emergent themes included; what it is about narrative therapy that works, the values and ethics of the participants, what it is about other therapeutic practices that does not work, the importance of community, personal attributes of the participants, and their challenges of integrating into practice the ideas that make up narrative therapy.

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