Enter centre stage, the case study ...

Lee, DA ORCID: 0000-0001-9971-3542, 2017. Enter centre stage, the case study ... British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. ISSN 0306-9885

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Abstract

This existentially-informed person-centred paper argues that current conceptualisations of ‘case studies’ (beloved of psychotherapy training and beyond), can reduce complex/beautiful human beings to flat/objectified characters defined by ‘presenting problems’ – ‘presenting problems’ which clever therapists ‘fix’. In response, the paper develops an arts-based approach: a collaborative, respectful/ethical, narrative ‘case study’, written as a play – a piece of public psychotherapy available for the audience’s responses. The play seeks particularly to convey the warmth of encounters between two rounded/unique characters, Deborah and Kate, offering a challenge to the ‘us’ and ‘them’ approach of many ‘case studies’; it contends that if this is achieved, it is this - rather than narrow/sterile advice about ‘assessment’, ‘formulation’ and ‘interventions’ – which establishes the usefulness of the work.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
Creators: Lee, D.A.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 11 April 2017
ISSN: 0306-9885
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/03069885.2017.1310368DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Apr 2017 12:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30519

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