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The interacting-reflecting training exercise: addressing the therapist's inner conversation in family therapy training.
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PMID:  20433593     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years several authors have made a beginning in describing therapeutic conversations from a dialogical perspective. Training and supervision, however, have not yet been addressed from a dialogical perspective. In this article, an experiential training exercise is described that is focused on the basic dialogical skills of the trainee: respectful inquiry and constructive reflecting. Rather than teaching and instructing, this training exercise is aimed at staging a dialogue. The trainees are invited to take part in this dialogue, as they are encouraged to experiment with new positions and new ways of encountering others, and as their different voices tell of their experiences, of the things they have learned, and of the new perspectives that have opened up for them. Leaning on ideas about the therapist's inner conversation (Rober, 1999, 2005b) and stressing the importance of polyphony, dialogism, and tolerance for uncertainty, the training exercise described in this article is consistent with a dialogical and postmodernist frame, as described by Seikkula and Olson (2003).
Peter Rober
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of marital and family therapy     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1752-0606     ISO Abbreviation:  J Marital Fam Ther     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-03     Completed Date:  2010-08-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904614     Medline TA:  J Marital Fam Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  158-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Family Therapy / methods*,  standards*
Interpersonal Relations*
Professional Competence*
Professional-Patient Relations*
Teaching / methods*

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