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Type: Journal article
Title: A multiple intelligences approach to counseling: enhancing alliances with a focus on strengths
Author: Pearson, M.
O'Brien, P.
Bulsara, C.
Citation: Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 2015; 25(2):128-142
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1573-3696
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Mark Pearson, Patrick O’Brien, Caroline Bulsara
Abstract: This qualitative study investigated the experiences of eight counselors as they introduce multiple intelligences theory and activities into therapy with adult clients. As research on the application of multiple intelligences in the field of education has revealed many positive psychological benefits, this study explores possible therapeutic benefits from incorporating multiple intelligences within therapy. Semi-structured interviews conducted three months post multiple intelligences training, were transcribed and analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The major themes that emerged included perceptions of enhanced therapeutic alliances, more effective professional work, experiences of increased confidence, positive client response to a strength-based approach, positive client responses to a multiple intelligences preference survey, and positive outcomes from the use of music. Implications include the value of further long-term research on the benefits of using a multiple intelligence approach to therapy as an integrating meta-theory, and instructing counseling trainees in the routine assessment of client abilities through the use of the multiple intelligences approach.
Keywords: counseling; expressive therapies; multiple intelligences; therapeutic alliance
Rights: © 2015 American Psychological Association
DOI: 10.1037/a0038881
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