Changing views of theory and practice in counselling: multiple intelligences, eclecticism and the therapeutic alliance

Pearson, Mark and O'Brien, Patrick (2012) Changing views of theory and practice in counselling: multiple intelligences, eclecticism and the therapeutic alliance. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, 1 (1).

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Abstract

In the wake of the movement towards integrative and eclectic practice, and individually
tailored treatments, in the field of counselling, the search for unifying theories continues.
Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (MI), only recently applied to the field of
counselling, has a contribution to make in evolving a framework for eclecticism. MI theory
may also have a particular contribution to make towards helping counsellors strengthen the
therapeutic alliance and enhance flexibility in responding to clients’ needs. Gaining an
understanding of clients’ preferred cognitive and communication styles, or ‘intelligences’,
enhances an ability to tailor treatment. This article argues that practical ways to increase the
strength of the therapeutic alliance, as well as new theoretical foundations for eclectic
choices, could emerge through the application of MI theory in the form of expressive
therapies / creative arts therapies.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published Version deposited in accordance with copyright policy of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2013 07:43
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2014 06:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: counselling, eclecticism, expressive therapies, integrative therapy, multiple intelligences, therapeutic alliance.
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22266

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