Finding our voices in the face of dominant discourse: A closer look at gender roles' impact on student clinicians

Lisa Zak-Hunter, Lindsay E. Marshall, Amy Laura Arnold, Sunny Consiglio, Jerry Gale, Cassaundra Liddy, Dirk P. Magwitz-Greyson

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Abstract

The authors explore the impact of dominant discourse in shaping normalized beliefs and attitudes about gender roles by reflecting on their experiences in a doctoral level course on postmodern family therapy. This paper represents a synthesis of our individual responses to an assignment about finding ways to challenge the dominant discourse of gender in our personal lives and as clinicians-in-training. We offer implications for use of such a pedagogical exercise as a supervisory tool to enhance supervisors' and therapists' understanding of their own and their clients' challenges with prescribed gender roles and their impact on the therapeutic process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-202
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 30 2010

Keywords

  • Dominant discourse
  • Family therapy supervision
  • Feminist training
  • Gender roles

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