ERIC Number: ED438499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
What Does It Mean To Be a Feminist Family Therapist?
This paper describes a qualitative study involving in-depth interviews with women who identify themselves as feminist family therapists. It includes a summary of the themes identified in these three questions: How did you become a feminist family therapist? How do you DO feminist family therapy? What does it mean to be a feminist family therapist? A four-step model of feminist family therapy identity development emerged from the data. The model includes development of a personal sense of identity as feminist, awareness of sexism in the family therapy field, integration of feminist values into family therapy, and consolidation of personal and professional identity. Five components of the model are: (1) encourage a nonhierarchical client-therapist relationship, (2) include gender as a topic in therapy, (3) encourage egalitarian relationships, (4) affirm women, and (5) empower clients to change and support social change. The paper discusses the necessity of consciousness-raising experiences to bring about an awareness of sexism in family therapy and theory, as well as the assurance that feminists do not exclude men when they talk about empowerment and equality. (Contains 11 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association (Washington, D.C., March 20-25, 2000).