Engaging with a history of counselling, spirituality and faith in Scotland: a readers' theatre script

Alette Willis, Liz Bondi, Marycatherine Burgess, Gavin Miller, David Fergusson

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Abstract

This paper presents an abbreviated version of a verbatim script developed from oral history interviews with individuals key to the development of counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland from 1960 to 2000. Earlier versions were used in workshops with counsellors and pastoral care practitioners to share counter-narratives of counselling and to provide opportunities for conversations about historical and contemporary relationships between faith, spirituality, counselling and psychotherapy. By presenting intertwined histories in a readers' theatre script, the narrative nature of lives lived in context was respected. By bringing oral histories into virtual dialogue with each other and with contemporary practitioners, whether through workshops or through publications, the interplay between individual, institutional and societal narratives remains visible and open to change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-543
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance & Counselling
Volume42
Issue number5
Early online date1 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • spirituality
  • identity
  • narrative approaches
  • pastoral care
  • society

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