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Constructing Realities. Meaning-Making Perspectives for Psychotherapists

  • ID: 2212177
  • Book
  • January 1996
  • Region: Global
  • 532 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A landscape of new places to go in the therapeutic process

This book is thought–provoking and practice–informing testimony that the idea of meaning–making is not only alive and well in psychotherapy, but a generative meeting ground for a richly diverse set of clinical orientations. Any therapist, student, or teacher of therapy will feel well rewarded by this stimulating and challenging collection.
ROBERT KEGAN, Harvard University and the Massachusetts School of Profesional Psychology, author of The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads

This is the best overview of current thinking in constructivist thought currently available. I recommend this book for the serious professional library.
ALLEN IVEY, distinguished university professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

In this volume, Rosen and Kuehlwein have collected a distinguished panel of scholar–practitioners who trailblaze in this still somewhat uncharted domain of meaning–making psychotherapies. Between them, they construct a landscape of new places to go in the conduct of the therapeutic process places that all psychotherapists of whatever persuasion will find provocative and evocative in their own practices.
JOHN SHOTTER, professor of interpersonal relations, Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire

This book celebrates the many ways in which meanings are created (not discovered) and what these changes in the way we see the world signify for therapists and their clients. Richly rewarding and highly recommended.
DONALD P. SPENCE, professor of psychiatry, UMDNJ, New Jersey s University of the Health Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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Part I: An Orienting Framework.

1. Meaning–Making Narratives: Foundations for Constructivist and Social Constructionist Psychotherapies (Hugh Rosen).

Part II: Constructivist and Social Constructionist Epistemology and Praxis.

2. The Construction of Clinical "Realities" (Paul Watzlawick).

3. Psychotherapeutic Theory and Practice: Contributions from Maturana′s Structure Determinism (Jay S. Efran, Mitchell A. Greene).

4. Psychothethrapy as a Social Construction (Sheila McNamee).

Part III: The Social Context of Construing.

5. Relationship Factors in the Creation of Identity: A Psychodynamic Perspective (Carolyn Saari).

6. Women′s Constructions of Truth, Self, Authority, and Power (Nancy Rule Goldberger).

7. Narrative, Social Constructionism, and Buddhism (William D. Lax).

Part IV: The Construction of Affect.

8. Emotional Creativity: Theoretical and Applied Aspects (Elma P. Nunley, James R. Averill).

9. Emotion and Cognition in Experiential Therapy: A Dialectical Constructivist Perspective (Jeanne C. Watson, Leslie S. Greenberg).

Part V: Constructivist Metatheory in Psychotherapy Integration.

10. Psychoanalysis and Constructivism: Convergence in Meaning–Making Perspectives (Stephen Soldz).

11. Narrative and the Process of Psychotherapy: Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Support (Robert L. Russell, Mary L. Wandrei).

12. Metaphor, Meaning–Making, and Metamorphosis (Mary Baird Carlsen).

Part VI:Constructivist and Social Constructionist Psychotherapy: Examples of Personal Implications.

13. Process Interventions for the Constructivist Psychotherapist (Robert A. Neimeyer).

14. Couples Therapy: Change Talk (Steven Friedman).

15. The Meaning of Relationship in Residential Treatment: A Development Perspective (Robert L. Selman, Steven Brion–Meisels, Gregory G. Wilkins).

Part VII: An Integrating Framework.

16. Interweaving Themes and Threads of Meaning–Making (Kevin T. Kuehlwein).
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Hugh Rosen
Kevin T. Kuehlwein
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