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Making a Difference in Making Miracles: Common Roadblocks to Miracle Question Effectiveness

Authors


  • Sandra M. Stith, PhD, Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University; Marjorie Strachman Miller, MA, Doctoral Candidate, Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University; Jeremy Boyle, MS, Doctoral Candidate, Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University; Jonathan Swinton, MS, Doctoral Candidate, Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University; Gary Ratcliffe, BS, Master’s Student, Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University; Eric McCollum, PhD, Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech.

Address correspondence to Sandra M. Stith, Kansas State University, Family Studies and Human Services, 101 Campus Creek Complex, Manhattan, Kansas 66506; E-mail: sstith@ksu.edu

Abstract

This article describes a clinical investigation of student-therapists’ use of the miracle question (MQ). Data used for this project came from transcribed role-play videotapes by six student-therapists. Transcripts were coded, and findings highlight challenges that prevent beginning therapists from effectively using the MQ. The primary themes that emerged were problems related to introducing, framing, and following up on the MQ. Practical recommendations are offered for improving therapist training in effective use of the MQ.

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