Research and relational psychotherapy

At the Bilbao conference 2011 a new book about Relational Transactional Analysis was presented by the editors Heather Fowlie and Charlotte Sills. My contribution Research and relational psychotherapy forms a chapter in part III : The implications for professional practice.

Excerpt from Introduction and basic principles:

“Research is not often associated with relational psychotherapy. the gap between psychotherapy research and practice separates the two disciplines and has consequences for both. Although psychotherapists use clinical supervision to reflect on their practice, research methodologies contain strategies which can also deepen insight and develop practice. Overt evaluation of practice is also increasingly important as a way of evidencing effectiveness. Relational methodologies in psychotherapy research and the relevance of quantitive findings have a potential to bridge the research/practice gap and develop both clinical practice and its mainstream credibility.
The aim of this chapter is to show that all research has the potential to be relational and useful for clinical practice. I will give a broad overview of research methodologies, their principles and design, and invite reflection on how they can be used in relational practice.”

Chapter Reference

Van Rijn, B. (2011) Research and relational psychotherapy in: Fowlie, H. and Sills, C. (Eds.)(2011)Relational Transactional Analysis, Principles in Practice. (pp.305-312) London: Karnac .

Book Review

Through different voices and styles of contributions, including papers, edited talks and panel discussion, this collection explores and applies the principles of relational transactional analysis. It sets them in social, cultural and political contexts, and considers a number of important implications of this particular ‘relational turn’ in psychotherapy. The book advances relational transactional analyses and, in doing so, reflects the creativity and vibrancy of contemporary TA. The editors have skilfully brought together different generations of TA practitioners in an accessible and stimulating volume. I commend the editors and highly recommend the book.
Dr Keith Tudor, author of a number of books and co-author of the article ‘Co-creative transactional analysis’ in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He is Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Book Reference

Fowlie, H. and Sills, C. (Eds.)(2011) Relational Transactional Analysis, Principles in Practice. London: Karnac .
ISBN 978-1-85575-762-2

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