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Constructing Realities: Meaning-Making Perspectives for Psychotherapists

Constructing Realities: Meaning-Making Perspectives for Psychotherapists

Hugh Rosen, Kevin T. Kuehlwein

ISBN: 978-0-787-90195-0

Feb 1996, Jossey-Bass

532 pages

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An insightful, provocative collection that will enrich your work with new vitality, meaning, and direction. Offers timely perspectives on the theory and practice of psychotherapy as reflected in the themes of narrative, constructivism, social constructionism, postmodernism, epistemology, developmental constructivism, language, and social discourse.
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).
"The book is serious, worthy, and its aim is laudable."

"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 Professional Psychology and author of The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads

"This is the best overview of current thinking in constructivist thought currently available. Social constructivism finally gets the attention it deserves, including women's issues and interesting work from an Eastern perspective. I recommAnd 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. The contributors to this volume bring new ways of understanding the roles of narrative and language, the many meanings of knowing and telling, and breathe new life into the once-discredited idols of reason. Richly rewarding and highly recommAnded." --Donald P. Spence, professor of psychiatry, UMDNJ, New Jersey's University of the Health Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

"Many readers will find the solid base of philosophy refreshing in a time when conceptual clarity seems secondary to practical concerns. I highly recommAnd it to those clinicians seeking a foundation for their own personal and theraputic realities." --J. Phillip Stanberry, Ph.D. School of Family and Consumer Sciences, U of Southern Mississippi, Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health