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Gliding across the liminal space between counsellor and counselling researcher: Using collective biography practices in the teaching of counselling research methodologies

Dalzell, A, Bonsmann, C, Erskine, D, Kefalogianni, M, Keogh, K and Maniorou, K 2010, 'Gliding across the liminal space between counsellor and counselling researcher: Using collective biography practices in the teaching of counselling research methodologies' , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10 (2) , pp. 126-138.

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Abstract

Aims: Drawing on their engagement in a specific collective biography research project, the co-authors aim to demonstrate how the weaving together of creative story-telling and the theory underlining collective biography practices resulted in an understanding of rhizomatic research methodologies from within the process. This paper aims to demonstrate one way in which research methodologies training can become more firmly embedded within counsellor training courses. Method: A collective of counselling students and a session tutor colleague used collective biography practices to research their memories of traversing the liminal space between ‘counsellor’ and ‘counselling researcher’. Alongside the resulting collective stories, a collaborative review of the research process examined our chosen ways of working within the project. Outcomes: Engaging in collective biography practices resulted in an experiential shift from ‘learning to do counselling research’ to ‘becoming counselling researchers’. Weaving together research processes and researcher reflexivity generated personal and professional learning. Ways in which these research methodologies complement core components of counselling training, within and beyond the teaching of research, were identified. Conclusions: Collective biography practices offer a way of introducing non-arboreal creative research methodologies into counsellor training. Careful consideration of potential challenges surrounding the introduction of these practices is required.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collective biography practices, creative research methodologies, rhizomatic research, story-telling, teaching counselling research.
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1473-3145
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Miss MARIA KEFALOGIANNI
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 17:51
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30712

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