An exploration into the role of Narrative Therapy within educational psychology practice: a reflexive thematic analysis

Bradbury, Josephine (2023) An exploration into the role of Narrative Therapy within educational psychology practice: a reflexive thematic analysis. DAppEdPsy thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Aim: To explore how Narrative Therapy is construed and conceptualised by EPs; what implications this therapeutic approach raises for EP practice; how it can be delivered and to explore for whom this approach can best support.

Design: A sequential exploratory design, analysed through reflexive thematic analysis (RTA). An interpretivist lens to research was adopted, moving away from positivist assumptions within the research methodology. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 EPs. This study captured and deduced patterns across the data set to develop themes (Braun & Clarke, 2022).

Purpose of research: By exploring how EPs construe the term and apply Narrative Therapy, this study hopes to further understand how EPs comprehend and integrate Narrative Therapy in practice. This is especially relevant as Narrative Therapy is thought to be an underpinning foundation to multiple narrative based approaches and therapeutic interventions performed by EPs described in the literature (Hobbs et al., 2012). This is in addition to how previous research on therapeutic interventions has called for a deeper understanding of how therapeutic approaches are used within assessment and consultation by EPs (Simpson & Atkinson, 2021). Based on these findings, a view to explore this specific therapeutic modality led to the formation of the following research questions posed by this thesis: how do EPs construe the term, Narrative Therapy? and, how do EPs conceptualise their application of Narrative Therapy?

Themes: Overall, two thematic maps are provided to illustrate each research question. Findings showed that defining Narrative Therapy remains a difficult task, with suggested paradoxes potentially contributing to why Narrative Therapy appears an elusive therapeutic approach by definition and in application. Key principles, features and techniques outline how Narrative Therapy is construed and conceptualised. The research points to promising future applications of Narrative Therapy to support EPs in trauma informed work and in community project work. These findings are discussed and critically reviewed with the wider literature.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (DAppEdPsy)
Supervisors: Clarke, Victoria
Keywords: narrative therapy, educational psychology, educational counselling
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Item ID: 74429
Depositing User: Bradbury, Josephine
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2023 09:02
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2023 09:02

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