What relationship, if any, is there between the way we treat people and ‘the treatment’ in psychotherapy?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90361
Title:
What relationship, if any, is there between the way we treat people and ‘the treatment’ in psychotherapy?
Authors:
Stapleton-Cotton, Tom
Abstract:
This research study explores possible relationships between the way we treat one another as socially embodied beings and ‘the treatment’ provided in psychotherapy, using The Philadelphia Association’s 1965-1970 therapeutic community, Kingsley Hall, as a lived paradigm. Eight participants, comprising five psychotherapists, one psychologist, one psychiatrist and a resident of a therapeutic community were interviewed using a semi-structured format and the data was analysed using Moustakas’ (1990) heuristic method. The findings show a strong relationship between treatment and the way people are treated, particularly in the area of patients’ feeling humanised by the therapist’s attempts to attend to their experienced world. Similarly, ignoring the patient’s experienced world in favour of abstract, diagnostic categories was deemed to have a profoundly dehumanising and deleterious effect. The findings also show how social structures are enacted on a paradigmatic level within the therapeutic relationship and this forms the basis for further suggested research.
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90361
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorStapleton-Cotton, Tomen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T10:49:54Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-22T10:49:54Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90361-
dc.description.abstractThis research study explores possible relationships between the way we treat one another as socially embodied beings and ‘the treatment’ provided in psychotherapy, using The Philadelphia Association’s 1965-1970 therapeutic community, Kingsley Hall, as a lived paradigm. Eight participants, comprising five psychotherapists, one psychologist, one psychiatrist and a resident of a therapeutic community were interviewed using a semi-structured format and the data was analysed using Moustakas’ (1990) heuristic method. The findings show a strong relationship between treatment and the way people are treated, particularly in the area of patients’ feeling humanised by the therapist’s attempts to attend to their experienced world. Similarly, ignoring the patient’s experienced world in favour of abstract, diagnostic categories was deemed to have a profoundly dehumanising and deleterious effect. The findings also show how social structures are enacted on a paradigmatic level within the therapeutic relationship and this forms the basis for further suggested research.en
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dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectExistentialismen
dc.subjectTreatmenten
dc.subjectHeuristicsen
dc.titleWhat relationship, if any, is there between the way we treat people and ‘the treatment’ in psychotherapy?en
dc.typeThesisen
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