Therapy as Social Construction

Editor : Sheila McNamee, Editor : Kenneth J. Gergen

Therapy as Social Construction

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This volume explores the exciting possibilities for the therapeutic process of adopting a social constructionist perspective. A key concern is with socially constructed lives. Our senses of self, identity and life purpose are socially and culturally embedded, but no single cultural 'script' proves all-powerful. In social constructionist therapy, client and therapist work to co-create new, more satisfactory 'stories' in ways which recognise their social, relational character. The book firstly examines the theoretical basis for this process.It also looks at the implications for client-therapist relationships and discusses various approaches in practice, including 'irreverent therapy', the 'not-knowing therapist' and the role of reflexivity. A number of case studies are presented. The final section offers an exhilarating mix of overview, self-critique and agenda for the future.

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