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Title: The role of images in counselling problem drinkers in a small group setting in residential care
Author: Luzio, R. M.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2004
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The aim of this study was to investigate the use of images for counselling problem drinkers in a small residential group setting. This study, carried out over a five-year period in a residential care home, was based on observations taken of a group of problem drinkers who received counselling through the media of images in weekly group sessions. The research methodology chosen was that of Transcendental Phenomenology. Data was collected by a variety of means including recorded interviews, observation and the images collected during the image group counselling sessions. A number of themes became apparent: the Role and Process of Images; the Value of Support in Group Therapy; Alcohol; Feelings; and the Process of Change. These themes indicated that working with images was a useful aid in helping the clients to take the first few steps in their process of change. From this an Integrative Model of Image Counselling was developed. This is an individualistic approach designed to put the client in the centre of their process of intervention thus allowing the image counselling process to be client centred. The approach allows for continual movement or spiralling, hopefully upward and positive, however drinking relapses are inevitably a part of this process. Sometimes therefore the spiralling process is downward and negative. The results of the research showed that working with problem drinkers through image counselling makes a significant difference to how well people are able to express their thoughts, memories and most importantly their feelings. It is a safe vehicle for many people to express themselves and not feel threatened. Group support was found to be a very important element of the process. Like any therapy image counselling does not suit all but client choice is essential. Working with images in a group setting should therefore be a form of therapy available to clients in residential settings as an adjunct to other forms of counselling.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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