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The New Language of Change
Constructive Collaboration in Psychotherapy

Edited By

Steven Friedman

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ISBN 9781572302822
Published October 13, 1997 by Guilford Press
464 Pages

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Book Description

This volume offers clinicians and students an inside view of several new competency-based approaches that are transforming the field of psychotherapy. Showing how to build on client strengths, the book details a collaborative process in which the therapist and client co-construct meaning in the therapeutic conversation. In-depth clinical examples and question-and-answer exchanges between the editor and the chapter authors provide the reader with a uniquely personal view of the process of therapy. This book will be of great interest to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, psychiatric nurses.

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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Steven Friedman, PhD, Harvard Community Health Plan, Braintree, MA


"This book is a sophisticated reference work on the application of post-modern thinking to the field of psychotherapy...Its author list reads like a 'who's who' of the leaders in the field, including Berg, de Shazer, Selekman, Andersen, Anderson, and Hoffman. An excellent choice for an advanced class." - Catherine Scanlon, PhD, Kent State University

"A most welcome, down-to-earth, theoretically clear introduction to sensible, positive, time-effective work with people. It should not be missed." - Smith College Studies in Social Work

"An excellent addition to the clinical literature. Just as a client might leave a session feeling optimistic about potential changes in his or her life, clinicians who read this book will finish most chapters aware that they have new possibilities and that they can do their work more creatively." - Contemporary Psychology

"Many of the chapters' transcripts of therapeutic sessions are full of nuggets of skill, insight, and self-awareness...The transcripts themselves could form the basis for an advanced course in therapeutic techniques." - Families in Society