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Family therapy ‘lite’? How family counsellors conceptualise their primary care family work

Smith, Harriet; Moller, Naomi P. and Vossler, Andreas (2017). Family therapy ‘lite’? How family counsellors conceptualise their primary care family work. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 45(5) pp. 562–572.

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A number of current developments in the field potentially provide opportunities for preventative relationship and family interventions to be integrated into primary care. In this context, it is important to understand what family counselling is and how it might differ from family therapy. Thus, this paper investigates how the service of one low-intensity family counselling provider, Relate, is conceptualised and practised by counsellors on the ground. Questions about practice were posed to five focus groups of family counsellors and these were analysed using thematic analysis. The findings suggest that Relate family counselling is seen as ‘family therapy lite’, with a flexible, eclectic and integrative use of concepts and techniques within a systemic framework. Implications of this conceptualisation of family counselling for training, practice and research are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1469-3534
Keywords: family counselling; family therapy; family interventions; Any Qualified Provider; Relate
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 48403
Depositing User: Naomi Moller
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 14:56
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 15:40
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