Enabling new understandings: Therapeutic conversations with the terminally ill and their families

Draper, Ana and Hannah, Chris (2008) Enabling new understandings: Therapeutic conversations with the terminally ill and their families. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 27 (2). pp. 20-32. ISSN 1195-4396 (Print) ; 1930-6318 (Electronic)

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Abstract

This article explicates and applies ideas of relationally reflexive inquiry (see Burnham, 2004 and Oliver, 2004) in the arena of death and bereavement. It defines relational reflexivity and examines the nature of the questions that can be used to induce a relationally reflexive exploration in a therapeutic setting. It develops fresh ways of working and shows how, in practice, these enhance the way we approach a therapeutic encounter. These concepts enable the authors to analyze and interpret post interview relationally reflexive questions. The therapeutic focus is within a palliative care setting, using examples from the authors' own practice as systemic psychotherapists (while acknowledging that this methodology is useful in all therapeutic areas). The ideas presented in this paper are not new, but the way we have 'interwoven' theoretical concepts has created innovative ways of working clinically, producing a theory-practice praxis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published Online:1 Jul 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords: Therapeutic Conversations, Terminally Ill Patients, Families, Palliative Care, Bereavement, Psychotherapists
Subjects: Emotions, Affective Psychology > Grief/Mourning/Loss
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Patient/Therapist Interaction
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2611

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