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Captured by the game : might a focus on the ‘therapeutic relationship’ diminish the attention we give to the client’s intimate network?

Furlong, Mark 2008, Captured by the game : might a focus on the ‘therapeutic relationship’ diminish the attention we give to the client’s intimate network?, Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 25-33, doi: 10.1375/anft.29.1.25.

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Title Captured by the game : might a focus on the ‘therapeutic relationship’ diminish the attention we give to the client’s intimate network?
Author(s) Furlong, Mark
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy
Volume number 29
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 33
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, U. K.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0814-723X
1467-8438
Keyword(s) therapeutic relationship
social network
Summary A recent project sought to clarify how psychotherapists and mental health workers understand psychosocial health and pathology. In this enquiry, I paid particular attention to the client’s interpersonal networks: did the professionals actively consider, and if so to what extent, ‘intimate social and family relationships’ in constructing their understanding of the presenting problem and in the process they used for goal setting. Twenty-two semi-structured interviews were undertaken, eleven with psychotherapists and eleven with mental health workers. Across both groups, interviewees tended not to see their clients as embedded, relational entities, but primarily, often quite exclusively, as autonomous beings. Second, interviewees accorded a high value to the importance of ‘the therapeutic relationship’. Is it possible that the emphasis practitioners place on ‘the therapeutic relationship’ has the effect of marginalising the attention that is given to the client’s significant-other network
Language eng
DOI 10.1375/anft.29.1.25
Field of Research 169999 - Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2008, Cambridge University Press
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042521

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