Emerging practices of action in systemic therapy: how and why family therapists use action methods in their work

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/565810
Title:
Emerging practices of action in systemic therapy: how and why family therapists use action methods in their work
Authors:
Chimera, Chip
Abstract:
This thesis sets out to explore the processes involved when family therapists decide to introduce an action method into a therapy session. Action methods are defined as therapist led physical activities which are introduced into the session for the purpose of enabling the healing of relationships. The literature is examined in relation to connections between family therapy approaches using action and psychodrama psychotherapy relation to work with families and couples. Literature which integrates the two approaches is identified. The core of the study is composed of five interviews with experienced and senior family therapists about how they use action with clients in sessions. It focuses on the beliefs, behaviours and actions which are present at the moment the therapists decide to use action. The interviews examine the therapists’ training and current practice culture, their guiding beliefs and principles about the use of action and the theories on which they have drawn in considering the implementation of action methods. Participants were asked to describe an episode of action by giving a verbal account as well as undertaking a sculpt of the episode using ‘small world’ figures. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using a unique approach blending psychodramatic role analysis (Williams 1989) with the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) (Cronen and Pearce 1985) a communication theory approach used by systemic psychotherapists. The findings indicate that systemic therapists do not have one overarching theoretical approach to using action in therapy, but draw on a range of different models which may be derived from different systemic approaches. The findings further indicate that theories of action which include neurobiological information processing and embodiment are introduced into systemic trainings as important in understanding how action methods impact on individuals and families. A format for therapists to evaluate their use of action methods is proposed for use in supervision or training. It follows the format that is used in the analysis, using psychodramatic role analysis and a CMM hierarchical structure which proposes opening space, spontaneity and playfulness as markers for the culture, identity and relationship levels of the analysis.
Citation:
Chimera, C. (2015) 'Emerging Practices of Action in Systemic Therapy: How and Why Family Therapists use Action Methods in their Work'. PhD thesis. University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Mar-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/565810
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Professional Practice.
Appears in Collections:
Masters e-theses

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dc.contributor.authorChimera, Chipen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-11T09:47:23Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-11T09:47:23Zen
dc.date.issued2015-03en
dc.identifier.citationChimera, C. (2015) 'Emerging Practices of Action in Systemic Therapy: How and Why Family Therapists use Action Methods in their Work'. PhD thesis. University of Bedfordshire.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/565810en
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Professional Practice.en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis sets out to explore the processes involved when family therapists decide to introduce an action method into a therapy session. Action methods are defined as therapist led physical activities which are introduced into the session for the purpose of enabling the healing of relationships. The literature is examined in relation to connections between family therapy approaches using action and psychodrama psychotherapy relation to work with families and couples. Literature which integrates the two approaches is identified. The core of the study is composed of five interviews with experienced and senior family therapists about how they use action with clients in sessions. It focuses on the beliefs, behaviours and actions which are present at the moment the therapists decide to use action. The interviews examine the therapists’ training and current practice culture, their guiding beliefs and principles about the use of action and the theories on which they have drawn in considering the implementation of action methods. Participants were asked to describe an episode of action by giving a verbal account as well as undertaking a sculpt of the episode using ‘small world’ figures. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using a unique approach blending psychodramatic role analysis (Williams 1989) with the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) (Cronen and Pearce 1985) a communication theory approach used by systemic psychotherapists. The findings indicate that systemic therapists do not have one overarching theoretical approach to using action in therapy, but draw on a range of different models which may be derived from different systemic approaches. The findings further indicate that theories of action which include neurobiological information processing and embodiment are introduced into systemic trainings as important in understanding how action methods impact on individuals and families. A format for therapists to evaluate their use of action methods is proposed for use in supervision or training. It follows the format that is used in the analysis, using psychodramatic role analysis and a CMM hierarchical structure which proposes opening space, spontaneity and playfulness as markers for the culture, identity and relationship levels of the analysis.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectsystemic therapyen
dc.subjectaction methodsen
dc.subjectL990 Social studies not elsewhere classifieden
dc.subjectfamily therapyen
dc.titleEmerging practices of action in systemic therapy: how and why family therapists use action methods in their worken
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
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