Mythopoetic spaces in the (trans)formation of counsellors and therapists

Frances MacKay

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This chapter explores the mythopoetic dimensions of counselor formation and transformation that have emerged from the author’s doctoral research on the place of spirituality in counselors’ self-narratives, and my experience as a counselor educator. For the purpose of this chapter, “mythopoesis” is seen as a deeper layer in a person’s self-narrative, taking us beyond constructivism and social constructionism to create an inclusive narrative, challenging binaries of sacred and profane, truth and fiction, mythos and logos, individual and collective. Two such mythopoetic narratives are “the passion narrative” and “the liminal narrative”. Although derived from research conversations with counselors, and applied to counselor education and professional development, these mythopoetic narratives have applications for lifelong learning in different contexts
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPedagogies of the imagination: Mythopoetic Curriculum in Educational Practice
EditorsP Willis, T Leonard
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781402083501
ISBN (Print)9781402082818
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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