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Kenny, M. Hassett, A. Pae, L. (2017). Exploring How Parents Make Sense of Change in Parent-Child Psychotherapy. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 16(1):73-92.

(2017). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 16(1):73-92

Exploring How Parents Make Sense of Change in Parent-Child Psychotherapy

Maeve Kenny, B.A., M.Sc., D.Clin.Psy., Alex Hassett, M.A. Psychology, M.Ed. Educational Psychology, Ph.D. and Linda Pae, M.A. Psychotherapy and CQSW, D. Clin. Science

Understanding how change occurs in psychotherapy is imperative in informing clinical practice. Increasing attention has been given to the role that qualitative research could play in enhancing our understanding of therapeutic change. Although quantitative research suggests that parent-child psychotherapy is effective in facilitating change, no research to date has focused on how parents make sense of their change experience. In this study, interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to analyze semi-structured interviews of eight parents who had completed parent-child psychotherapy about their understanding of change. Five master themes emerged that encapsulated participants’ understanding of change. These included constructing a survivor narrative, the experience of being understood enabling further understanding, adjusting expectations and practicing acceptance, and feeling empowered to relinquish control. The final theme summarized how despite psychotherapy being conceptualized as a “precious” resource, there was a sense that its limitations could negatively impact participant’s well-being.

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