Therapy as Social Construction

Author(s): Sheila McNamee


Explores the possibilities for the therapeutic process of adopting a social constructionist perspective. Topics covered in this text include the theoretical basis for social constructionist therapy, and various approaches in practice, such as "irreverant therapy" and "the not-knowing therapist".


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'An interesting collection of the state of the art of social constructionism and therapy, and a major contribution to reflection on therapeutic theory and practice' - Changes 'An important work which propels us into a new era for therapeutic practice. The diverse contributing authors illustrate newer developments in the arena which previously has been promoted as systemic therapy. The current focus moves us away from a constructivist, solipsist epistemology, with its impairing dilemma of neutrality, towards a therapeutic understanding which gains inspiration from the social realm... [The book] offers an elaborate understanding of the significance of the social constructionist epistemology when applied in the therapeutic domain. The volume's essays are well-written and suited for individuals within all areas of the helping professions... reading similar explanations in different "voices" provides a richness of perspective which leads to a complex understanding of the primary aspects of constructionist therapeutic practice... an outstanding work which can be highly recommended' - Nyhedsbrev, Centre for Qualitative Research Newsletter, Denmark 'This book can be read both as a study of reframing, with some extended examples, and as a daring exploration into the foundations of therapy' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling 'The chapters are interesting as windows into wider debates beyond therapy to those within the human sciences over the organization of meaning and change in culture... the value of this book is that it makes it possible for the reader to step back and think that therapy may mean different things to different communities, that therapy is not the touchstone but only one of many social constructions' - British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review 'I found reading this book a stimulating experience... it makes some very useful points and I recommend it to anyone who would like to discover a new and interesting model for the therapeutic process' - Clinical Psychology Forum ' of the central themes of this book is the rejection of the therapist as an expert... (with) the emphasis on process and on the mutually enriching and developmental elements inherent in a trusting therapeutic interaction' - Self & Society 'These readings about the application of social constructionism to psychotherapy are unique because the authors reside in a number of different countries and come from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Despite its small size, the books covers a breadth of topics' - Choice

Introduction - Sheila McNamee and Kenneth J Gergen PART ONE: CONSTRUCTING THE THEORETICAL CONTEXT A Reflexive Stance for Family Therapy - Lynn Hoffman The Client is the Expert - Harlene Anderson and Harold Goolishian A Not-Knowing Approach to Therapy Therapeutic Process as the Social Construction of Change - Laura Fruggeri PART TWO: FORMS OF PRACTICE Reflections on Reflecting with Families - Tom Andersen Postmodern Thinking in a Clinical Practice - William D Lax Constructing Therapeutic Possibilities - Gianfranco Cecchin A Proposal for Re-Authoring Therapy - David Epston, Michael White and Kevin Murray Rose's Revisioning of her Life and a Commentary PART THREE: CONSTRUCTION IN ACTION Therapeutic Distinctions in an On-Going Therapy - Karl, Cynthia, Andrew and Vanessa History becomes Her Story - William Hudson O'Hanlon Collaborative Solution-Oriented Therapy of the After-Effects of Sexual Abuse Narrations of the Self - Annibal Coelho de Amorim and Fatima Goncalves Cavalcante Video Production in a Marginalized Subculture PART FOUR: REFLECTION AND RECONSTRUCTION Beyond Narrative in the Negotiation of Therapeutic Meaning - Kenneth J Gergen and John Kaye Reconstructing Identity - Sheila McNamee The Communal Construction of Crisis Constructionist Therapy - Jay S Efran and Leslie E Clarfield Sense and Nonsense

General Fields

  • : 9780803983038
  • : sage
  • : sage
  • : July 1992
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 158.3
  • : 240
  • : Sheila McNamee