The New Language of Change: Constructive Collaboration in Psychotherapy

The New Language of Change: Constructive Collaboration in Psychotherapy

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Overview

This volume offers clinicians an inside view of several new competency-based approaches that are transforming the field of psychotherapy. Unlike therapies that focus on deficits and dysfunction, this book describes approaches that build on client successes and strengths. Seen as a collaborative process in which therapist and client co-construct meaning in therapeutic conversation, the clinician acts as a facilitator who joins with the client to generate narratives of strength, hope, and optimism as alternatives to the dominant problem-saturated story. In-depth clinical examples demonstrate the application of these ideas. In addition, at the end of each chapter is an illuminating question-and-answer exchange between the editor and the chapter author, providing the reader with a uniquely personal view of the process of therapy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898621457
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/1993
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Steven Friedman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at Atlantic Counseling & Consultation in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and a senior consultant at Beacon Health Strategies in Boston. An active presenter of workshops and seminars on time-effective therapy and family therapy, Dr. Friedman serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Systemic Therapies.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Kenneth J. Gergen
I. Paths to Solution
1. Making Numbers Talk: Language in Therapy, Berg and de Shazer
2. "Both/And" Solutions, Lipchik
3. Take Two People and Call Them in the Morning: Brief Solution-Oriented Therapy with Depression, O'Hanlon
4. After the Shift: Time-Effective Treatment in the Possibility Frame, Fanger
5. Enhancing Views of Competence, Durrant and Kowalski
6. Solution-Oriented Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents, Selekman
7. Toward a Mutual Understanding: Constructing Solutions with Families, Mittelmeier and Friedman
II. Narratives of Liberation
8. The Monsters in My Head, Langella
9. The Turtle with Wings, Freeman and Lobovits
10. A Narrative Approach to Families with Adolescents, Dickerson and Zimmerman
11. Escape from the Furies: A Journey from Self-Pity to Self-Love, Friedman
12. In Pursuit of a Better Life: A Mother's Triumph, Brecher and Friedman
III. Reflexive Conversations
13. See and Hear, and Be Seen and Heard, Andersen
14. On a Roller Coaster: A Collaborative Language Systems Approach to Therapy, Anderson
15. Tekka with Feathers: Talking about Talking (about Suicide), Hoffman-Hennessy and Davis
16. Helping Embattled Couples Shift from Reactive to Reflective Positions, Caesar
IV. The Postmodern Era: A Universe of Stories
17. Silenced Voices Heard: A Tale of Family Survival, Sawatzky and Parry
18. Without a Net: Preparations for Postmodern Living, Parry

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For psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health health counselors, and psychiatric nurses, it also provides an excellent graduate level text in these fields.

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