Developing a pluralistic framework for counselling & psychotherapy research

Lynne Gabriel*, Kate Smith, Mick Cooper, John McLeod, Marie-Clare Murphie, Mhairi Thurston, Nicola Blunden, Julia McLeod, Christine Kupfer

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A collaborative pluralistic framework is increasingly influencing therapy practice. Grounded in a philosophical position that accepts there is no single true or valid perspective on significant questions of social life, this approach to therapy is associated with a form of practice characterised by key features: client-therapist dialogue; collaboration and shared decision-making around goals, tasks, methods and ways of understanding; activation of the potential therapeutic value of cultural resources and social capital and, an appreciation that models of help are open systems that need to be flexibly responsive to social change. Developing these therapeutic principles involved critical re-evaluation and reconceptualization of the contribution of scientific knowledge, leading to the emergence of a pluralistic approach to research. The workshop provides creative, reflective and inspirational space where delegates can explore and their own engagement in research, and its benefits for research in the counselling professions as a whole
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021
Event27th Annual BACP Research Conference: Promoting collaboration in research, policy and practice - On-line, Salford, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 May 202115 May 2021
Conference number: 27th


Conference27th Annual BACP Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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