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Constructive Therapies V2

Edited By

Michael F. Hoyt

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ISBN 9781572304246
Published November 27, 1998 by Guilford Press
388 Pages

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Book Description

Like its predecessor, Constructive Therapies, Volume 1, this engaging book presents a range of creative, time- effective approaches for helping clients build on their competencies and develop their own solutions. In-depth interviews with Michael White, Steve de Shazer, Bill O'Hanlon, Donald Meichenbaum, and Kenneth Gergen are incorporated with other clinically oriented chapters from well-known therapists. Topics covered include different styles of constructive therapy, the externalization and deconstruction of problems, narrative work with ADHD-diagnosed children, a solution-focused approach for dealing with cases of domestic violence, EMDR and the MRI interactional approach, actualizing the empty self in psychotherapy, emotional and spiritual healing, and more. Illustrative case examples are featured throughout.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Some Stories Are Better than Others, Michael F. Hoyt
2. On Ethics and the Spiritualities of the Surface: A Conversation with Michael White, Michael F. Hoyt and Gene Combs
3. Solution Building and Language Games: A Conversation with Steve de Shazer, Michael F. Hoyt
4. Welcome to Possibilityland: A Conversation with Bill O'Hanlon, Michael F. Hoyt
5. Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from a Narrative Constructivist Perspective: A Conversation with Donald Meichenbaum, Michael F. Hoyt
6. Consulting the Problem about the Problematic Relationship: An Exercise for Experiencing a Relationship with an Externalized Problem, Sallyann Roth and David Epston
7. Narrative Approaches with Children Labeled ADHD, David Nylund and Victor Corsiglia
8. A Solution-Focused Approach to Safety in Cases of Domestic Violence, Charles E. Johnson and Jeffrey Goldman
9. When the Past is Present: A Conversation about EMDR and the MRI Interactional Approach, Clifford Levin, Francine Shapiro, and John Weakland
10. The Relational Self: The Expanding of Love Beyond Desire, Stephen G. Gilligan
11. No Self? No Problem! Actualizing Empty Self in Psychotherapy, Robert Rosenbaum and John Dyckman
12. Core Transformation: A Brief Therapy Approach to Emotional and Spiritual Healing, Connirae Andreas and Tamara Andreas
13. A Golfer's Guide to Brief Therapy (With Footnotes for Baseball Fans), Michael F. Hoyt
14. Three Styles of Constructive Therapy, Haim Omer
15. Resource-Focused Therapy, Bradford Kenney and Wendel Ray
16. Postmodernism, the Relational Self, Constructive Therapies, and Beyond: A Conversation with Gergen, Michael F. Hoyt
Appendix A: Songs for Constructive Therapists
Appendix B: Unmuddying the Waters

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Michael F. Hoyt, PhD, is Director of Adult Psychiatric Services at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward, California, and serves on the Clinical Faculty of the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco. Widely published on brief therapy and related topics, Dr. Hoyt is the author of Brief Therapy and Managed Care (1995), coeditor (with Simon H. Budman and Steven Friedman) of The First Session in Brief Therapy (Guilford, 1992), and editor of volume one of Constructive Therapies (Guilford, 1994). A multitheoretical thinker and expert clinician, he is an internationally respected lecturer.


The Constructive Therapies series is a 'home page' for clinicians who want to reprogram their treatment with depth and vitality. Take the opportunity to learn directly from the Masters. Practical and eminently readable. --Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

This book is an excellent chance to catch up with what the foremost brief psychotherapists in the world are thinking about. Michael Hoyt interviews many of the authors....Like an astute coach of sport, he is keen on bringing to his readers the technical differences that make a difference.... Readers, beginner or experienced, are likely to find some clarity here for themselves. --James P. Gustafson, MD, School of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This book is an excellent chance to catch up with what the foremost brief psychotherapists in the world are thinking about. Michael Hoyt interviews many of the authors, with his own precise interest in what they believe they are actually doing. Hoyt is like an astute coach of sport, who is keen on bringing to his readers the technical differences that make a difference. I especially appreciated his interviews with Michael White and Don Meichenbaum, which bring across the logic of these two approaches, each as sharp as a razor. Finally, I believe the reader will be grateful for the overview from Haim Omer, of the different languages, conversational, narrative and strategic, which make these skillful therapists quite different in mood, temper and emphasis. The reader, beginner or experienced, is likely to find some clarity here for him or herself. --James P. Gustafson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael Hoyt and his band of colleagues have done a brilliant job of presenting many innovations that should help clinicians make therapy more constructive and effective. Highly recommended! --Insoo Kim Berg, M.S.W.

Bringing together diverse authors and perspectives, this book provides an accessible introduction to a range of postmodern therapies. It has provided many unique and sparkling ideas to students in my family therapy class, and I have used chapters from it in other classes as well. --Jerry Gale, PhD, Director of MFT Program, Department of Child and Family Development, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia