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    The process of enabling change: a study of therapist interventions in family therapy

    Burck, C. and Frosh, Stephen and Strickland-Clark, L. and Morgan, K. (1998) The process of enabling change: a study of therapist interventions in family therapy. Journal of Family Therapy 20 (3), pp. 253-268. ISSN 0163-4445.

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    We describe the application of discursive analysis to the task of researching family therapy process. Through the analysis of a central theme in two family therapy treatments, we found that individual family members move to using a wider range of discourses on the central theme by the end of therapy. Using the example of one family's therapy sessions, we examine how the therapist contributes to the new meanings and views that emerge, and present our analysis of the therapists' interventions in relation to the ‘production’ of these alternative meanings. It is argued that discourse analysis can fruitfully be applied to family therapy process research and could contribute to theoretical concepts of change and therapeutic competence.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 12:24
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:34


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