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The shared experiences of therapists and patients in a drug rehabilitation centre

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. M. Joubert en_US
dc.contributor.author Kaplan, Steven
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-10T07:18:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-10T07:18:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-10
dc.date.submitted 1997-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7234
dc.description M. A. en_US
dc.description.abstract In an attempt to identify the process of co-creation in therapy, a Q-sort was compiled and given to subjects at Phoenix House rehabilitation centre in Johannesburg (n =24). Subjects comprised of therapists, in-patients and out-patients. The methodology chosen enables the researcher to extract shared attitudes and points of view by combining the responses of those who identify with a similar perspective. These attitudes, known as Factors, are statistically constructed and reflected as responses to the original questionnaire. Phoenix House, it is argued, can be described through the use of systems theory and social constructionist theory. Five factors (points of view) are identified which correspond with five constructions about Phoenix House and the therapy which takes place there. Of the five factors, two emerge as primary, one comprised mainly of the therapists' perspectives; one of patients' perspectives. Although these two factors are seen as different in terms of content, they are both shown to reflect the idea that connecting with another is of significant importance in the therapeutic process. The concept of mapping of another's realities is discussed, and it is suggested that merely acknowledging that realities are different is not sufficient. Sometimes it is possible to look beyond the obvious differences and find similarities in terms of how people connect with each other in therapy. Factors B and E (the two primary attitudes labelled 'internal' and 'external' respectively) are both shown to place the idea of mutual contact (therapist with patient) as very important, albeit from two very different perspectives. While B (predominantly therapists) is concerned with internal connections and processes, E (predominantly patients) is concerned with tangible connections and what one can actually do. The language that they use separates them, but they are joined in terms of function. Of the remaining three factors, one is discarded due to statistical non-significance and one is seen as slightly similar to Factor E. The fifth (Factor D) is also highlighted as it expresses the idea that patients must be cured through being passive recipients of therapy. Both Factors B and E express the notion of active participation in therapy being required from both parties. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Rehabilitation centers - Research - South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Drug abuse - Rehabilitation - Research - South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Psychotherapist and patient - Research - South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Therapeutic alliance - Research - South Africa. en_US
dc.title The shared experiences of therapists and patients in a drug rehabilitation centre en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US

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