Structured Methods and Striking Moments: Using Question Sequences in "Living" Ways

Lowe, Roger D. (2005) Structured Methods and Striking Moments: Using Question Sequences in "Living" Ways. Family Process, 44(1), pp. 65-75.

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This article draws together two seemingly incompatible practices in social constructionist therapies: the use of structured questioning methods (associated with solution-focused and narrative therapies) and the poetic elaboration of "striking moments" (associated with conversational therapies). To what extent can we value and utilize both styles of practice? Beginning with practitioners’ concerns about the use of structured question sequences, I explore possibilities for re-situating these methods in different conceptual and metaphorical frames, selectively drawing on ideas from the philosophy of striking moments. The aim is not to reduce one therapeutic style to another, but to encourage the teaching and practice of structured methods in more creative, improvisational and "living" ways.

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ID Code: 539
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: social constructionist therapy, solution, focused therapy, narrative therapy, conversational therapy, question sequences, striking moments, improvisation
DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2005.00042.x
ISSN: 1545-5300
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 07 Mar 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:13

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