Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Narrative Therapy, Spiritual Resilience, Resiliency, Spiritual Formation, Positive Psychology, Integration, Hope, Non-Clinical Counseling
Communication | Counseling
Hill, Marcy Lynn, "Integrative Narrative Therapy in Counseling: Experiencing Strengthened Spiritual Resiliency: A Phenomenological Study" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3238.
The following DMIN action research project is a phenomenological study that evaluates the correlation between integrative Narrative Therapy approaches in non-clinical counseling and the cultivation of spiritual resilience among suffering Christians. Phenomenological data were generated from three case study subjects, who volitionally participated in interviews, questionnaires, and three, one-hour integrative Narrative Therapy intervention counseling sessions facilitated by the researcher. Each intervention session introduced the participants to specific Narrative Therapy exercises to which they had not been exposed before. All case study participants have experienced previous counseling that did not include Narrative Therapy approaches and were evaluated as ineffective by the counselee. Providing that spiritual resilience is a major component of Posttraumatic Growth, the results of this study are designed to edify, encourage, educate, and expand God’s kingdom. The positive correlations of Narrative Therapy and spiritual resilience found in this study can add value to the Positive Psychology and pastoral community care programs at Oak Hills Family Center, Southbrook Christian Church, and beyond.