Doctorate in Clinical Psychology : Main Research Portfolio
: 1) Is Racial Inconsistency a Useful Framework for Clinical Psychologists to Understand and Talk About Race? A Systematic Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis of Qualitative Studies; 2) Engaging a Family’s Support Network in Non-Violent Resistance: The Experiences of Supporters; 3) The Helpfulness of Reflecting Teams in Family Therapy.

  • Stephanie Hicks

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)


The Helpfulness of Reflecting Teams in Family Therapy
Reflecting teams (RTs) are used in family therapy in order to introduce
multiple perspectives and provide the ‘difference that makes a difference’. The
sparse research that exists suggests that reflections made by a RT may be a
factor in the change process for family members. This study aims to further
understanding of the helpfulness of reflections in family therapy. It is hoped
that this will support therapists in RTs to be as effective as possible, reflecting
in a way which optimises progress. A quantitative longitudinal questionnaire
method was used in order to collect data on family members perceptions of the
helpfulness of reflections made by an RT during their family therapy sessions.
The results show that certain types of reflections are less helpful than others
and the helpfulness of reflections was found to contribute to the change process
for family members. This is discussed in relation to how the RT could be
considered as part of the change process in family therapy. Reflections on the
research process are also provided along with limitations and
recommendations for further research.
Date of Award8 Sept 2020
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorCatherine Butler (Supervisor), Claudia Kustner (Supervisor), Peter Jakob (Supervisor) & Chloe Constable (Supervisor)

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