Mindful of the intersession break in family therapy: The time to think experiment

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O'Brien, Cathy and Yule, Elisa. (2016). Mindful of the intersession break in family therapy: The time to think experiment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1165
AuthorsO'Brien, Cathy and Yule, Elisa
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The Time to Think Experiment researches the experience of clinicians, consumers, and families of an intersession break, which has been used historically in various models of family therapy training. This qualitative pilot study explores the experiences of 21 clinicians, 19 consumers, and six family members using this break for reflection, across the domains of family and couple therapy, individual therapy, group work, and supervision in a mental health service covering the whole age range. Using a phenomenological design, the analysis included narrative, thematic, content, and comparative techniques. The paper considers the impact of privileging reflection in the therapy process, in a climate where models, work cultures, and general lifestyles may not encourage it. Using the intersession break to create space to ‘be’ in the therapy process is one way to integrate mindful and family therapy practice. The emerging themes of an intersession break to promote a richer and deeper therapy experience, and the apparent shift of responsibility for change from clinicians to consumers is discussed.

Year2016
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1165
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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