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Collaborative Therapy

As the number of postmodern theoretical contributions to the literature of psychology has grown, so have postmodernism's appeals and recognitions of its relevance. Many of these writings suggest practical applications, yet there is a gap in the literature between theoretical explications and in-depth accounts of the many forms of everyday practice that flow from it. The proposed work will provide a means to bridge this gap.
"Invitations" will be a practice and guide book that brings together a collection of applications, innovations, and expansions of postmodern collaborative therapy with an emphasis on clinical practice. A wide variety of professionals from diverse disciplines, contexts, and cultures will detail what they actually do in their therapy practices. The book will also demonstrate the extension and usefulness of a postmodern collaborative approach to the domains of education, research, and organizations.
The text is divided into three sections. Each section provides descriptions of the application to a specific population, problem, or context. Section one provides the historical and theoretical background of collaborative therapy. Section two focuses on a variety of psychotherapeutic specialties including domestic violence, the elderly, chronic illness, eating disorders, and children. Section three offers examples of how postmodern perspective can be put into action
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Table of Contents

Anderson, Gehart, Preface. Part I: An Invitation to Collaborative Therapy and Beyond. Collaborative Therapy Then and Now. Anderson, A Postmodern Umbrella: Language and Knowledge as Relational and Generative and Inherently Transforming. Anderson, Historical Influences. Anderson, Dialogue: People Creating Meaning "With" Each Other and Finding Ways to Go On. Anderson, Hallmark of Collaborative Therapy: The Philosophical Stance as a "Way of Being". Other Voices: Netting and Expressing. Hoffman, The Art of "Withness": A Bright Idea. Andersen, Human Participating: Human "Being" is the Step for Human "Becoming" in the Next Step. Part II: The Therapy Room. Penn, Listening Voices. Levin, Hearing the Unheard: Advice to Professionals from Women Who Have Been Battered. Fernandez, Cortes, Tarragona, You Make the Path as You Walk: Working Collaboratively with People with Eating Disorders. Andrews, Conversations that Reconnect Elders to their Lives. McDonough, Koch, Collaborating with Parents and Children in Private Practice: Shifting and Overlapping Conversations. Gehart, Creating Space for Children's Voices: A Collaborative Approach to Child and Family Play. Schnitman, Generative Inquiry in Therapy: From Problems to Creativity. Part III: Beyond the Therapy Room. In Social and Institutional Settings. Wagner, Trialogues: A Means to Answerability and Dialogue in a Prison Setting. Haarakangas, Alakare, Aaltonen, Seikkula, Open Dialogue: An Approach to Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Psychosis in Northern Finland. London, Rodriguez-Jazcilevich, The Development of a Collaborative Learning and Therapy Community in an Educational Setting: From Alienation to Invitation. London, Tarragona, Collaborative Therapy and Supervision in a Psychiatric Hospital. Feinsilver, Murphy, Anderson, Women at a Turning Point: A Transformation Feast. Deissler, Dialogues in a Psychiatric Service in Cuba. In Supervision, Education, and Research. McNamee, Relational Practices in Education: Teaching as Conversation. Roth, From the Theory to the Practice of Inquiring Collaboratively: An Exercise in and Clinical Example of an Interviewee-guided Interview. Gardner, Neugebauer, Curious George: Interviews with a Supervisor. Gehart, Tarragona, Bava, A Collaborative Approach to Research and Inquiry. Never-ending Possibilities. M. M. Gergen, K. J. Gergen, Collaboration Without End: The Case of the Positive Aging Newsletter. St. George, Wulff, Collaborating as a Life Style. Index.

About the Author

Harlene Anderson, Ph.D., is Co-founder of the Houston Galveston Institute in Houston, Texas, and Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Taos Institute in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She is the author of Conversations, Language and Possibilities: A Postmodern Approach to Therapy. Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge, and has a private practice in Thousand Oaks, California. She is the co-author of Theory-Based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists: Integrating Theory and Practice.


"...articulates the elements of collaborative therapy in a way that is inspiring and transformational for the reader. This book is an invitation to a conversation, a dialogue that can continue beyond its pages, into the reader's professional and personal communities."-Susan H. McDaniel Ph.D., Professor and Director of Family Programs & the Wynne Center for Family Research in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry "This book 'gets us into' entirely new stuff. It takes us 'right inside' the moment-by-moment unfolding details of collaborative processes and, while also telling us about them, shows-lets us experience for ourselves-how these much needed processes in the world today exert their almost magical power to create new and better ways for us 'to go on' together. It's a truly exciting read." -John Shotter, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of New Hampshire, author of Conversational Realities and Cultural Politics of Everyday Life "This is the book I have been waiting for. With intellectual rigor wrapped in a language which makes the voice of the authors easily heard, a generous relationship develops between the reader and these brilliant thinkers. A brilliant book, a must for students as well as the seasoned practitioner." -Toby Sigrun Herman, MHR, ECP, President, International Family Therapy Association "Harlene Anderson and Diane Gehart are to be congratulated! They have brought together in one volume a group of leading-edge systemic scholar practitioners and edited an outstanding collection of chapters that will inspire and enthuse generations of trainees, supervisors, and mental health clinicians." -Arlene Vetere, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the PsychD Programme in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey, UK

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