TRAINING TALES IN FAMILY THERAPY: EXPLORING THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET

Authors

  • Barbara A. Kaufman

    1. Private practice in Boca Raton, FL. She is also adjunct faculty at Nova University (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Lynn University, and Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL). Address inquiries to Barbara A. Kaufman, PhD, 2499 Glades Road, Suite # 108, Boca Raton, FL 33431.
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  • The author gratefully acknowledges Anne H. Rambo, PhD, Andrew R. Doctor, and the anonymous reviewers who read earlier versions of this article, for their thoughtful suggestion … and special thanks to the students who participated in the training project.

Abstract

Educators frequently consider live supervision as the method of choice in facilitating and epistemological shift for family therapy graduate students. I this article, excerpts from and novel serve as and additional training tool to therapeutic interaction. Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet reveals epistemological concepts relevant to family therapy in its protrayal of the richness of multiple voices and a lack of certainty about predictable outcomes. Family therapy doctoral students studied a didactic module based upon passages for the Quarted; descriptive evaluation of this particular training experience suggests how literature can be useful in facilitating an epistemological shift that is often a challenge to family therapy graduate students and educators.

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