A reflection on understanding client's frame of reference

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A reflection on understanding client's frame of reference


Author: Chow, Fung-ping
Title: A reflection on understanding client's frame of reference
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1997
Subject: Client-centered psychotherapy
Reflection (Philosophy)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Studies
Pages: vi, 95 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
OneSearch: https://www.lib.polyu.edu.hk/bib/b1405372
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2892
Abstract: Carl Rogers' Person-centered Approach is well-known in counselling. The author found the intervention goal of Person-centered Approach fit most of the needs of her clients. However, the author experienced something different to that described by Rogers in achieving empathic understanding and understanding client's frame of reference. In some cases, the author experienced the achievement of empathic understanding even without laying aside her personal values. In handling the puzzle encountered in practicing the Person-centered Approach, hermeneutics, though not an intervention model, is found to have some useful concepts on understanding client's frame of reference. Different from Rogers' theory which demands worker to put aside her own values and self in achieving empathic understanding, hermeneutists believe that we are not able to put our selves and values away since we are embedded in our culture and values. Instead, hermeneutists suggests that we have to be alert to our culture, values and self by on-going self-critique in order to achieve a deeper understanding. The present research aims to study how the integration of hermeneutic understanding into the Person-centered Approach helps in the understanding of client's frame of reference. It is hoped that hermeneutics can help in refining the Person-centered Approach by enriching the part of "understanding" of client, thus strengthens the Approach to be a more powerful intervention model. A "Hermeneutic Person-centered Approach" is evolved by integrating the hermeneutic understanding with the Person-centered Approach particularly reference to the understanding of client's frame of reference. It is argued that the sharing of mutual perspectives and moral involvement in the understanding process are indispensable in acquiring a deeper understanding of client's frame of reference. Qualitative research method on one single case study is adopted. Data showed both client and worker accomplished deeper understanding of client's self and problem in the counselling process by applying the "Hermeneutic Person-centered Approach".

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