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Exploring the potential of constructionist therapy: deaf clients, hearing therapists and a reflecting team

Munro, Louise E., Knox, Marie F., & Lowe, Roger D. (2008) Exploring the potential of constructionist therapy: deaf clients, hearing therapists and a reflecting team. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 13(3), pp. 307-323.

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of constructionist therapy with a reflecting team of hearing therapists seeing deaf clients. Using findings from two in-depth interviews, postsession reflections, and a review of the literature, we propose that this model has the potential to cater to the diversity of the lived experiences of deaf people, and also to address issues of power and tensions between medical, social and cultural models of deafness. The interviews found there was real value in sharing multiple perspectives between the reflecting team of hearing therapists and these deaf clients. In addition, the clients reported feeling safe and comfortable with this model of counseling. Other information that emerged from the interviews supports previous findings regarding consistency in interpreting and the importance of hearing therapists having an understanding of the distinctions between Deaf and hearing worlds. As the first investigation of its kind in Australia, this paper provides a map for therapists to incorporate reflecting teams with interpreters, deaf clients and hearing therapists. The value of this paper also lies in providing a much needed platform for future research into counseling outcomes and the efficacy of this constructionist model of therapy.

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ID Code: 14402
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Deaf, counselling, counseling, psychology, reflecting team, constructionist
DOI: 10.1093/deafed/enn001
ISSN: 1081-4159
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Counselling Welfare and Community Services (160702)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (The authors)/ License to publish Oxford University Press
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Munro, Louise E. and Knox, Marie F. and Lowe, Roger D. (2008) Exploring the potential of constructionist therapy: deaf clients, hearing therapists and a reflecting team. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 13(3). pp. 307-323]
Deposited On: 15 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:49

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