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Fickling, Melissa J.

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


This dissertation examines descriptions of Midrash Therapy as practiced in a continuing care group for Jewish people in recovery. Specifically, it analyzes interviews with participants who experienced Midrash Therapy, therapeutic documents from a continuing care group using Midrash Therapy, fieldnotes, and an action-reflection journal kept by the practitioner-researcher. Interviews were conducted with six individuals and the collective data was analyzed under applied hermeneutical practices. At the onset of the study, the author Midrash Therapy as an integration of narrative practices and rabbinic approaches to counseling. This examination found that Midrash Therapy is a Jewish integrated therapy with five distinctive aspects: the use of Jewish texts, the centering of the people at the center as simultaneously experts in their own life and experts on the application of sacred text to their preferred story; the counselor positioned as chavra, Jewish identity as a both/and/neither/nor; and communicating and documenting using Jewish ways of knowing.


142 pages




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