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Working with differences: Issues for research and counselling practice

Chantler, K and Smailes, S (2004) Working with differences: Issues for research and counselling practice. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 4 (2). pp. 34-39. ISSN 1473-3145

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Abstract

This paper considers our experience within a group researching domestic violence in minoritised groups and the implications for counselling practice. Issues of race, gender and power were significant within the research team. These issues are intrinsic to minoritised women's experiences of service responses and are also a powerful, yet often unexplored, dynamic in counselling practice. We reflect on issues of ‘outsiders’ and ‘insiders’ in terms of the research process and findings, and the impact and influence of these power roles on counselling practice. We acknowledge that it is only by retrospectively engaging with each other and our differences that we have been able to explore our parallel processes and consider their implications for counselling practice.

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