Participatory Critical Incident Technique: A Participatory Action Research Approach for Counselling Psychology

  • Fred Chou University of British Columbia; Trinity Western University
  • Janelle Kwee Trinity Western University
  • Marla Buchanan University of British Columbia
  • Robert Lees British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development
Keywords: Participatory Action Research, Critical Incident Technique, Counselling Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods, Vulnerable Groups, Social Justice Research

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the utilization of the participatory critical incident technique (PaCIT), an approach that incorporates participatory action research (PAR) with the critical incident technique (CIT). This method fits with the aims of counselling psychology to bring social justice and action into the forefront of research activities (Canadian Psychological Association, 2009; Kennedy & Arthur, 2014). PaCIT addresses potential limitations of both methods and is a viable research tool for use with marginalized groups and within cross-cultural contexts. Based on a recently completed project with youth in alternative education, we present a theoretical and practical approach for integrating CIT within a PAR framework.

Author Biographies

Fred Chou, University of British Columbia; Trinity Western University
Fred Chou is a graduate of the Master’s Program in Counselling Psychology program at Trinity Western University, and a current Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at University of British Columbia.
Janelle Kwee, Trinity Western University
Janelle L. Kwee is a faculty member of the School of Graduate Studies, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Program at Trinity Western University.
Marla Buchanan, University of British Columbia
Marla Buchanan is a professor in the Counselling Psychology Program in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at the University of British Columbia.
Robert Lees, British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development
Robert Lees is a community psychologist at the Chilliwack Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Published
2016-02-10
How to Cite
ChouF., KweeJ., BuchananM., & LeesR. (2016). Participatory Critical Incident Technique: A Participatory Action Research Approach for Counselling Psychology. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(1). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/61032
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