International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
Crisis counseling, Indigenous, Taiwan, Chinese, Qualitative case study
In this study, we adopted a single qualitative case study method to explore and examine indigenous approaches to crisis counseling in Taiwan, through the distinct lens of an expert Taiwanese counseling psychologist. In-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted with the psychologist (as the case) to document her lived clinical experiences counseling a grief-stricken Taiwanese family in crisis (as the context). Using open-code data analysis, five cultural themes were abstracted from the interviews: a) significance of counselor’s authority and expertness; b) primacy of client-counselor rapport and relationship; c) centrality of collective familism; d) observance of indigenous grief response and process; and e) adherence to face-saving communication and interpersonal patterns. Implications for implementing crisis counseling practice and research with native Taiwanese/Chinese clients based on these preliminary findings are discussed.
Kuo, B.C.H. (2011). Indigenous crisis counselling in Taiwan: An exploratory qualitative case study of an expert therapist. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 33 (1), 1-21.