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Die gebruik van ’n handpop as mede-terapeut en ’n vyfjarige kankerpasiënt: ’n Narratief-terapeutiese benadering

Yolandi du Plessis, Julian Müller
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 63, No 3 | a246 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v63i3.246 | © 2007 Yolandi du Plessis, Julian Müller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 2007 | Published: 07 May 2007

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Yolandi du Plessis, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Julian Müller, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The use of a hand puppet in narrative therapeutic conversations

This article reflects on the use of a hand puppet (Billy Bear) in narrative therapeutic conversations with a five year old girl (pseudonym Lisa) who has been diagnosed with leukaemia (blood cancer). The first part of this article discusses the concept “garden” as a guiding metaphor in this study. It is followed by a section on the narrative therapeutic framework of this project. The next section deals with the young cancer patient’s “life garden”, including the physical, social and emotional development of Lisa as a preschooler in a therapeutic context, as well as leukaemia, which is depicted as a “change in season”. The last main section focuses on the hand puppet that speaks the young cancer patient’s language. The article concludes with a section on the question whether Lisa still has a dream in view of the uncertainty of her condition as a cancer patient.

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