Project title: The therapist as a cultural fountainhead. An investigation of pedagogical and "therapeutic" interventions in the superb teachings of András Schiff. Watch some of his masterclasses on YouTube.
We have already supervised one master's thesis on the subject of the cultural transmission at core of psychotherapy:
The cultural change narrative as a core component of therapeutic change
Sundal, T., Tobiassen, A. H. (2022). The cultural change narrative as a core component of therapeutic change [Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Oslo]. https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/86649/thesis.pdf
This study aimed to investigate the similarities and differences in the change narratives provided by Mentalization-based treatment (MBT) and Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and how these narratives reflect the rationale, explanations, and procedures of the treatments. A qualitative analysis of seven interviews with three informants who received MBT and four informants who received DBT was conducted using an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The results showed that the change narratives described by the informants reflected the treatment they received, with DBT informants highlighting explicit learning of a provided approach with predictable and safe therapists, and MBT informants emphasizing a long-lasting process of exploring to create procedural learning with therapists who followed their lead. The study also found that the change narratives provided by MBT and DBT reflect the different rationale, explanations, and procedures of the treatments, and suggests that further research could explore how these differences may impact therapeutic outcomes. Additionally, the results showed that the DBT informants emphasized explicit learning and the use of skills, while the MBT informants focused on an implicit process of change and the development of a mentalizing stance. The study concludes that the change narratives provided by MBT and DBT for patients with BPD reflect the specific ingredients and techniques of the treatments, and suggests that further research could explore how these differences in change narratives may impact therapeutic outcomes.
An article will be publised based on this master thesis.