Hands on healing: Understanding the Transformative Learning Experience of a Patient / Therapist Consultation

Year: 1998

Author: Schultz, Carol

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

"Mastery in the healing arts takes longer than beginners can comfortably contemplate. But it means we can continue to grow in our chosen field throughout our career." (Milne 1995, p. 160)

This paper considers the question: "What heals?" The author has a long standing interest in the healing process, what happens in a consultation and its long term ramifications for both patient and therapist. An heuristic approach will be adopted to recount the transformative learning experience occuring in one "Hands on" episode between patient and therapist. This encounter will be considered in the light of 3 epistemological perspectives: objectivism, constructionism and subjectivism.