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Modelling psychotherapy process as sense-making dynamic: the Two Stage Semiotic Model (TSSM) and the Discourse Flow Analyzer (DFA)

A Gennaro, , O Gelo, S Manzo, M Nitti, S Salvatore
Published in Firera Publishing Group
Volume: 2
Pages: 131 - 170

In the present work assuming a dialogical viewpoint about psychotherapy process, amodel of psychotherapy process - the Two Stage Semeiotic Model (TSSM) - is presented andempirically detected according to a low-inferential method of analysis called the Discourse FlowAnalyzer (DFA). The TSSM claims that in good-outcome psychotherapy the patient's system of meanings initially decreases because of the constraints developed by the therapeutic dialogue whichlimits patient assumptions about day-life experience and then, according to how therapeutic process proceeds, it promotes the emergence of new meanings, thus depicting the whole process as a Ushape. This theoretically driven model has been verified throughout the DFA, a method able torepresent a session's dialogue as a "discourse network" made by the associations for temporaladjacency between contents; then it studies the network's dynamic properties. The DFA has beenapplied to the textual corpus obtained from the verbatim transcripts of two good outcome psychotherapy courses. Findings are consistent with the hypotheses driven by the TSSM

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JournalYIS: Yearbook of idiographic science
PublisherFirera Publishing Group
Open AccessNo