Collaborative Therapy

Collaborative Therapy – Relationships And Conversations That Make a Difference – Harlene Anderson & Diane Gerhart (Paperback)


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Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations That Make a Difference provides in-depth accounts of the everyday practice of postmodern collaborative therapy, vibrantly illustrating how dialogic conversation can transform lives, relationships, and entire communities. Pioneers and leading professionals from diverse disciplines, contexts, and cultures describe in detail what they do in their therapy and training practices, including their work with psychosis, incarceration, aging, domestic violence, eating disorders, education, and groups. In addition to the therapeutic applications, the book demonstrates the usefulness of a postmodern collaborative approach to the domains of education, research, and organizations.

Harlene Anderson, Ph.D., is Co-founder of the Houston Galveston Institute in Houston, Texas, and Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Taos Institute in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She is the author of Conversations, Language and Possibilities: A Postmodern Approach to Therapy. 

Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge, and has a private practice in Thousand Oaks, California. She is the co-author of Theory-Based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists: Integrating Theory and Practice. 

“…articulates the elements of collaborative therapy in a way that is inspiring and transformational for the reader. This book is an invitation to a conversation, a dialogue that can continue beyond its pages, into the reader’s professional and personal communities” – Susan H. McDaniel Ph.D., Professor and Director of Family Programs & the Wynne Center for Family Research in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

“This book ‘gets us into’ entirely new stuff. It takes us ‘right inside’ the moment-by-moment unfolding details of collaborative processes and, while also telling us about them, shows—lets us experience for ourselves— how these much needed processes in the world today exert their almost magical power to create new and better ways for us ‘to go on’ together. It’s a truly exciting read.” – John Shotter, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of New Hampshire, author of Conversational Realities and Cultural Politics of Everyday Life

“This is the book I have been waiting for. With intellectual rigor wrapped in a language which makes the voice of the authors easily heard, a generous relationship develops between the reader and these brilliant thinkers. A brilliant book, a must for students as well as the seasoned practitioner.” – Toby Sigrún Herman, MHR, ECP, President, International Family Therapy Association

“Harlene Anderson and Diane Gerhart are to be congratulated! They have brought together in one volume a group of leading-edge systemic scholar practitioners and edited an outstanding collection of chapters that will inspire and enthuse generations of trainees, supervisors, and mental health clinicians.” – Arlene Vetere. Ph.D., Deputy Director of the PsychD Programme in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey, UK

Preface: Harlene Anderson and Diane Gerhart

Part 1: An Invitation to Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations That Make a Difference

Collaborative Therapy Then and Now
1. A Postmodern Umbrella: Language and Knowledge as Relational and Generative and Inherently Transforming Harlene Anderson
2. Historical Influences Harlene Anderson
3. Dialogue: People Creating Meaning with Each Other and Finding Ways to Go On Harlene Anderson
4. The Heart and Spirit of Collaborative Therapy: The Philosophical Stance – “Way of Being” in Relationship and Conversation Harlene Anderson

Other Voices: Netting and Expressing
5. The Art of “Withness”: A Bright Edge Lynn Hoffman
6. Human Participating: Human “Being” is the Step for Human “Becoming” in the Next Step Harlene Anderson

Part 2: The Therapy Room

7. Listening Voices Peggy Penn
8. Hearing the Unheard: Advice to Professionals from Women Who Have Been Battered Susan B. Levin
9. You Make the Path as You Walk: Working Collaboratively with People with Eating Disorders Elena Fernández, Alejandra Cortés and Margarita Tarragona
10. Honoring Elders through Conversations about their Lives Jennifer Andrews
11. Collaborating with Parents and Children in Private Practice: Shifting and Overlapping Conversations Martha McDonough and Patricia Koch
12. Creating Space for Children’s Voices: A Collaborative and Playful Approach to Working with Children and Families Diane Gehart

Part 3: Beyond the Therapy Room

In Social and Institutional Settings
13. Trialogues: A Means to Answerability and Dialogue in a Prison Setting Judit Wagner
14. Open Dialogue: An Approach to Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Psychosis in Northern Finland Kauko Haarakangas, Jaakko Seikkula, Birgitta Alakare, Jukka Aaltonen
15. The Development of a Collaborative Learning and Therapy Community in an Educational Setting: From Alienation to Invitation Sylvia London and Irma Rodríguez-Jazcilevich
16. Collaborative Therapy and Supervision in a Psychiatric Hospital Sylvia London and Margarita Tarragona
17. Women at a Turning Point: A Transformation Feast Debbie Feinsilver, Eileen Murphy and Harlene Anderson
18. Dialogues in a Psychiatric Service in Cuba Klaus G. Diessler

In Supervision, Education, and Research
19. Relational Practices in Education: Teaching as Conversation Sheila McNamee
20. From the Theory to the Practice of Inquiring Collaboratively: An Exercise in and Clinical Example of an Interviewee-guided Interview Sallyann Roth
21. Curious George: Interview with a Supervisor Glen Gardner and Anthony Neugebauer
22. A Collaborative Approach to Research and Inquiry Diane Gehart, Margarita Tarragona and Saliha Bava

Never Ending Possibilities
23. Collaboration Without End: The Case of the Positive Aging Newsletter Mary Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen
24. Collaborating as a Lifestyle Sally St. George and Dan Wulff

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