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ERIC Number: EJ1179271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Enter Centre Stage, the Case Study…
Lee, Deborah A.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v46 n3 p304-314 2018
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Creative Works; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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