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Title: Mirrors and echos : meaning-moments in counselling supervision
Author: Nolan, Gregory John
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2007
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An investigation is conducted with counselling and psychotherapy supervisors into experiences within supervision and therapy practice where perceptions of phenomena encountered served to challenge their everyday constructs of meaning and reality. The literature informing therapeutic and supervisory practice is reviewed and discussed. Qualitative phenomenological research procedures are applied in an 'interpretive bricolage' (Kincheloe & McLaren, 2005: 316-321; McLeod & Balamoutsou, 2001) to conversational unstructured 1:1 interviews with eight supervisors, each in independent practice. Reported clinical case material generated counter transference and parallel process phenomena within the interview dyads; perceptions from client therapist dyads were engaged at depth, challenging ethical management of complex dynamics and the dual/multiple roles as researcher-practitioner in the interview frame (Gabriel, 2001 & 2005). Monitoring and tracking this inter-subjectivity enabled insight into supervisory processes that otherwise might have remained hidden or unrecognised. Research dyads facilitated 'moments of meeting' (Lyons-Ruth et ai, 1998; Stern 2004a) within which significant insights occurred, some perceived as transformational to the participant and/or researcher. Dynamics of these Meaning-Moments are diagrammatically elaborated and the model applied as a schematic 'tool' in locating and disentangling 'echoes' from therapeutic and supervisory frames. Interpretation of transference, counter-transference and parallel processes, what was 'going on', was thereby more usefully informed. Two strands of material data emerged: 1) 'responses relating to the research question', reflecting core aspects of self as supervisor and instances of helpful/unhelpful supervisory process; 2) 'Researcher / participant processes', moments of dyadic inter-subjectivity promoting images mirrored, and perceptions echoed, from 'storied' case material. Implications of these findings are considered and research addressing their limitations is suggested. Recommendations are made on supervision practice, training, and strategies for further research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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