Doctorial Dissertation, Publications and Presentations/Workshops
 

 

Moving Forward: Therapy with an Adolescent and his Family

Doctorial Dissertation by Shari J. Couture, Ph.D.

University of Calgary

Winner: Best Dissertation in Counselling Psychology
Canadian Psychological Association 2005




Available at:

www.taosinstitute.net/resources/dissertations.html

ABSTRACT

Studies of actual conversational behaviours used to generate positive change in family therapy are relatively rare. In the present study I examined such conversational details as they occurred in a single session of family therapy. From passages identified by family members as helpful, I used discursive methods of analysis (conversation analysis and critical discourse analysis) to examine an actual conversation between a renowned family therapist (Dr. Karl Tomm) and a family formerly at a conversational impasse. I suggest an impasse arose from differences in cultural discourses used by, or the discursive positions of, family members; what Lyotard has called, “differends.” The analyses showed the therapist and family members’ use of particular conversational practices from those sustaining an initial differend, through those used in trying to develop more promising lines of talk, to those which ultimately show the family and therapist initiating talk from a shared position. I conclude these analyses with an integration of the conversational practices and sequences in talk used by the therapist and family members to bridge differences in their ways of conversing and relating. Family members’ retrospective comments regarding their participation in the conversation analysed were also incorporated into the analyses. Implications for the practice of family therapy, and for further research of therapeutic conversations, are derived from the analyses.


Publications

Gaete Silva, J., Strong, T., Couture, S., & Sutherland, O. (in press). DSM Diagnosis and Social Justice: Inviting Counsellor Reflexivity. In D. Pare & C. Audet (Eds.). Social Justice and Counselling. New York, NY: Routledge.

Sutherland, O., Couture, S.J., Gaete Silva, J., & Strong, T., LaMarre, A., Kwan, C., & Hardt, L. (Under review Feb, 2016). Social justice oriented diagnostic discussions: A discursive perspective. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy.

Couture, S., & Tomm, K. (2014). Chapter 3: Teaching and Learning Relational Practice. In K. Tomm, S. St. George, D. Wulff, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in Interpersonal Interactions Inviting Relational Understandings for Therapeutic Change (pp. 57-81). New, NY: Routledge.


Sutherland, O. A., Sametband, I., Gaete Silva, J., Couture, S., & Strong, T. (2013). Evidence from Within-Session: Tracking Therapeutic Progress by Attending to Clients: conversational Preferences. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research13(3), p. 220-226

Strong, T., Sutherland, O., Couture, S.J., Godard, G., & Hope, T. (2008). Karl Tomm’s collaborative approaches to counseling. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 42(3), p. 174-191. (Available at http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/cjc/index.php/rcc/article/view/443) view>>

Busch, R., Strong, T., & Couture, S. J. (2008). Conversational Evidence in therapeutic dialogue. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(3), p. 388-405. (Available at http://sharicouture.com/pdf/conversationalevidence.pdf) view>>

Sutherland, O., & Couture, S. J. (2007). The discursive performance of the alliance in family therapy: A conversation analytic perspective. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 28(4), p. 210-216.

Couture, S. J. (2007). Multiparty talk in family therapy: Complexity breeds opportunity. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 26 (1), p. 63. view>>

Couture, S. J. (2006). Transcending a Differend: Studying Therapeutic Processes Conversationally. Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy, 28(3), p. 285-303.

Couture, S.J., & Sutherland, O. (2006). Giving advice on advice giving: A conversation analysis of Karl Tomm’s practice. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32(3), p. 329-345. view>>

Couture, S. J. (2005). Moving forward: Therapy with an Adolescent and his family.  Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Calgary, Alberta. (Available at http://www.taosinstitute.net/reesources/dissertations.html)

Couture, S. J., & Sutherland, O. (2005). Investigating change: Compatible research and practice. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 23(2), p. 3-17.

Couture, S. J., & Strong, T. (2004). Turning differences into possibilities: Using discourse analysis to investigate change in therapy with adolescents and their families. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 4(1), 90-101. view>>

Couture, S. J. (2002). Addressing student needs throughout development: Providing responsive programming. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 36(1).

Couture, S. J. (2000). A developmental look at adolescent needs. Unpublished master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Gordon, T., Couture, S.J., & Drefs, M. (2000). Preparing children and adolescents for the future. NATCON Papers.

Hiebert, B., Gordon, T., Couture, S.J., Drefs, M., & Robinson, J. (2000). Student Needs Surveys. Alberta Learning.

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Conference Presentations and Workshops

Sesma-Vazquez, M., Pickering, B., Strong, T., & Couture, S. (June, 2015). Creating spaces for counter-practices with families: Honoring “local knowledge” versus reifying “expert language”. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA 2015), Vancouver, WA, USA.

Sutherland, O., Couture S.J., Strong, T., Gaete Silva, J., LaMarre, A., Kwan, C., & Hardt, L. (June, 2015). DSM-5 and social justice conversations. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA 2015). Vancouver, WA, USA.

Tomm, K., & Couture, S.J. (June, 2014). Using the IPScope to teach and learn relational practice. Chapter presented at the AFTA 2014 Annual Meeting and Open Conference, Athens, Georgia, United States.

Couture, S.J., & Tomm, K. (March, 2014).  Using the IPScope to teach family therapy. Presented at the 27th Annual Sebastian K. Littmann Research Day, Calgary, AB, Canada.

Sutherland, O., & Couture, S. J. (June, 2007). Collaboration in the therapeutic relationship: A conversation analysis of a session of family therapy. Poster presented at American Academy of Family Therapy Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Strong, T., Sutherland, O., Couture, S. J., Godard, G., & Hope, T. (May, 2007). Collaborating with clients: Karl Tomm’s contributions to counselling. Paper presented at the Canadian Counselling Association Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Busch, R., Strong, T., & Couture, S. J. (February, 2006). Conversational accomplishments and widening the evidence base in psychotherapy research: Discursive evaluations of performance and meaning in therapeutic conversations. Presented by Robbie Busch at the New Zealand Psychotherapists Association Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Couture, S. J., Tomm, K., Strong, T., & Sutherland, O. (October, 2005). Working out conversational impasses: Discursive considerations. Day long pre-conference institute at the 63rd AAMFT Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

Taylor, L., Todd, N., Young, F., Strong, T., & Couture, S. J. (September, 2005). Turning points in therapeutic practice: One client three therapeutic approaches. A Two-day workshop for the Calgary Health Region Rural Team where Tom Strong and I provided commentary/analysis throughout, Cochrane, AB.

Couture, S.J. (April, 2005). Moving forward with clients. Presentation to the Calgary Family Therapy Program.

Couture, S.J., & Zeeman, D. (January, 2005). Taking a Discursive Stance: Research as a Training Tool. Paper presented by Don Zeman as a part of a discursive research Symposium at the Qualitative Interest Group’s (QUIG) 18th Annual Conference on Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies, Athens, Georgia.

Couture, S. J., & Sutherland, O. (May, 2004). Turning Point Conversations and Collaboration in Family Therapy. Paper presented as part of the Therapeutic Discourse Symposium of the Qualitative Health Research Conference, Banff, Alberta.

Couture, S. J., & Strong, T. (November, 2003). Turning differences into possibilities: Using discourse analysis to investigate change in therapy with adolescents and their families. Paper presented for the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference (NCFR), Vancouver, B.C.

Hiebert, B., Couture, S.J., & Gordon, T. (February, 2001). Preparing teachers to address the predominating concerns of children and adolescents in the twenty-first century. Paper presented at the annual Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching (WestCAST), Calgary, AB.

Couture, S. J., Gordon, T., & Drefs, M. (May, 2000). Responding to the career needs of student. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Alberta Regional Consultation for Career Development, Edmonton, AB.

Couture, S. J., Gordon, T., & Drefs, M. (January, 2000). Preparing children and adolescents for the future. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the National Consultation on Career Development (NATCON), Ottawa, ON.

Collins, S., Couture, S.J., & Gordon, T. (May, 1999). Meeting the health and guidance needs of adolescents. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association, Calgary, AB.

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