Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice

Paperback | May 2, 2012

EditorAndy Lock, Tom Strong

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For an endeavour that is largely based on conversation it may seem obvious to suggest that psychotherapy is discursive. After all, therapists and clients primarily use talk, or forms of discourse, to accomplish therapeutic aims. However, talk or discourse has usually been seen as secondary tothe actual business of therapy - a necessary conduit for exhanging information between therapist and client, but seldom more. Psychotherapy primarily developed by mapping particular experiential domains in ways responsive to human intervention. Only recently though has the role that discourse playsbeen recognized as a focus in itself for analysis and intervention. Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice presents a overview of discursive perspectives in therapy, along with an account of its philosophical underpinnings. The book starts by historically situating discursive ideas, looking at the work of philosophers such as Wittgenstein, Merleau Ponty andHeidigger. It then presents a thorough review of a range of innovative discursive methods, each presented by an authority in their respective area. The book shows how discursive therapies can help people construct a better sense of their world, and move beyond the constraints caused by thecultural preconceptions, opinions, and values the client has about the world. The book makes a unique contribution to the philosophy and psychiatry literature in examining both the philosophical bases of discursive therapy, whilst also showing how discursive perspectives can be applied in real therapeutic situations. The book will be of great value and interest topsychotherapists and psychiatrists wishing to understand, explore, and apply these innovative techniques.

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For an endeavour that is largely based on conversation it may seem obvious to suggest that psychotherapy is discursive. After all, therapists and clients primarily use talk, or forms of discourse, to accomplish therapeutic aims. However, talk or discourse has usually been seen as secondary tothe actual business of therapy - a necessary...

Andy Lock is Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand. Tom Strong is Associate Professor with the Educational Studies in Counselling Psychology Program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary in Canada.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Andy Lock and Tom Strong: Discursive therapy: Why language, and how we use it in therapeutic dialogues, matters2. Lois Shawver: Talking to listen: its pre-history, invention and future in the field of psychotherapy3. Rom Harre and Mirjana Dedai?: Positioning Theory, narratology and pronoun analysis as discursive therapies4. Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen: Therapeutic Communication from a Constructionist Standpoint5. John Shotter: Ontological social constructionism in the context of a social ecology: The importance of our living bodies6. Susanna Chamberlain: Narrative Therapy: Challenges and communities of practice7. Sue Levin and Saliha Bava: Collaborative therapy: Performing reflective and dialogic relationships8. Maureen Duffy: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Listening in the present with an ear toward the future9. Gale Miller and Mark McKergow: From Wittgenstein, complexity, and narrative emergence: Discourse and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy10. Lois Holzman and Fred Newman: Activity and performance (and their discourses) in Social Therapeutic Method11. Charles Waldegrave: Developing a 'Just Therapy': Context and the Ascription of Meaning12. Maria Maniapoto: Maori expressions of healing in Just Therapy13. Ronald J. Chenail, Melissa DeVincentis, Harriet E. Kiviat, and Cynthia Somers: Systematic narrative review of discursive therapies research: Considering the value of circumstantial evidence14. Robbie Busch: Problematising social context in evidence-based therapy evaluation practice/governance15. Maureen Duffy: The body, trauma, and narrative approaches to healing16. John Cromby: Narrative, discourse, psychotherapy - neuroscience?17. Tom Strong: Conversation and its therapeutic possibilities