The therapeutic interview process in qualitative research studies

Judith A. Nelson, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Lisa A. Wines, Rebecca K. Frels

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the systemic strategies used in marriage and family therapy relevant to interviews, via what we call the therapeutic interview process, that expand the meaning of a research study for both the counselor researcher and the participant(s). We outline the therapeutic interview process for conducting transformative-based interviews via similar strategies from a family systems perspective conceptualized by Charlés (2007). The central core of the interview process is the therapeutic conversation itself that involves the systemic whole. This therapeutic conversation is facilitated by debriefing interviews, whereby the counselor researcher is interviewed to promote reflexivity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Counselor researcher
  • Family systems
  • Interviews
  • Therapeutic interview process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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