Is a "both/and" approach to integration possible? A practice reflection on working with children in out-of-home care and their caregivers
Reid, Katherine. (2022). Is a "both/and" approach to integration possible? A practice reflection on working with children in out-of-home care and their caregivers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy: innovative and contextual approaches to human problems. 43(1), pp. 140-151. https://doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1476
The prevalence and complexity of children's mental health concerns is increasing for children living in out-of-home-care settings in Australia and in other Western countries. Therapists face an amplified challenge of finding innovative ways of working with children and their caregivers, often drawing upon multiple therapeutic approaches to respond to such complexity. This article discusses some tensions of integration in practice. A case example is offered to demonstrate a way of enacting integration with Deanne, a six-year girl, and her foster family. These practice reflections illustrate a certain way of doing a ‘both-and’ approach to integration, drawing on narrative therapy and attachment therapeutic lenses. The reflections on practice reveal how a nuanced and reflexive approach to integration is needed to ensure theoretical congruence, to avoid contradictory therapeutic stances of ‘knowing' and ‘not-knowing.'
|Keywords||children; discursive and attachment therapies; integration; reflexivity|
|Year||01 Jan 2022|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy: innovative and contextual approaches to human problems|
|Journal citation||43 (1), pp. 140-151|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1476|
|Web address (URL)||https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anzf.1476|
|Open access||Open access|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|26 Feb 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Completed||21 Mar 2022|
|Deposited||07 Sep 2023|
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|Place of publication||Australia|
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