Therapeutic communication from a constructionist standpoint

Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary Gergen

in Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice

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Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592753
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754715 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Therapeutic communication from a constructionist standpoint

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Many therapists are familiar with the landscape of social constructionist thought. Indeed, many of those represented in the present volume have contributed significantly to its development. However, for those presently joining these explorations, some preliminary remarks may be helpful. Specifically, our attempt in this chapter is first to sketch out several major assumptions shared by those engaged in constructionist endeavours. After describing some of these central ideas, we will take up the challenge of therapeutic communication. Here we will move beyond existing accounts to demonstrate what might be called a radical relationalism that constructionism invites. Finally, we shall explore significant implications of this account for therapeutic practice.

Chapter.  9003 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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