“Creating talk: integrating creative methods into solution-focused brief therapy when counselling primary school children in New Zealand”
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Counselling
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a present to future approach to counselling, highlighting strengths and capabilities on the journey towards a clients preferred future. It is both collaborative and inherently hopeful with a focus on particular uses of language to enhance the change process. This research explores what an integration of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Creative Methods might offer primary aged children.
The context for this research is a primary school in Canterbury, New Zealand. They are part of the Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow, three year government funded pilot programme which provides a range of wellbeing support workers to primary schools in the Canterbury region. The child-participant for this research came from a Request for Support from this initiative.
This practice-based research focuses on a single case study which follows six counselling sessions with a 9 years old boy. Qualitative research methods are used and data includes the videoed sessions, co-constructed artwork, notes, and counsellor and researcher reflections. Pieces of transcript and photographs of the Creative Methods and what was co-constructed in the sessions are included in the Findings to give the reader a sense of each session.
Analysis was completed using Narrative Inquiry and the discussion centres on what emerged from the data: 1) Creative Methods 2) What was offered? 3) Silly and Serious and, finally, 4) Space. These findings and the discussion I hope are a useful addition to the research on SFBT with children and particularly the integration of this approach with Creative Methods.