Feedback Informed Treatment: Evidence-Based Practice Meets Social Construction
This article explores the challenges presented by the mandate for evidence-based practice for family therapists who identify with the philosophical stance of social construction. Through a case vignette, the authors introduce the evidence-based practice of Feedback Informed Treatment as an elaboration of social construction, and as an example of bridging the gap between the discursive frames of empiricism and social construction.
Friendly Ghosts: Re-Membering Conversations with Children
This chapter illustrates the application of the narrative therapy practice of re-membering conversations with a young girl and her mother after the death of a grandparent.
Homonormativity & Queer Youth Resistance
This chapter explores how the institutionalization of a gay identity reproduces some of the same oppressive and limiting specifications from which the gay liberation movement has sought freedom.
Narrative Approaches to Youth Work: Conversational Skills for a Critical Practice
Drawing on the author’s 30-plus years of working alongside young people and training youth workers in contexts ranging from recreation centers to homeless shelters, this book provides a rich and deliberate mix of theoretical grounding, practical application, real-life vignettes, and questions for in-depth self-reflection. Throughout Narrative Approaches to Youth Work, readers hear from a wise and thoughtful squad of youth workers talking about how they strive to do socially just, accountable, critical youth work.
Nimble and Courageous Acts: How Michael Became the Boss of Himself
In this paper, a narrative therapist collaborates with her past clients to re-tell the story of a 9-year old’s resistance to what is called Asperger’s Disorder in the psychiatric world.
Pedagogy and Praxis: Postmodern Spirit in the Classroom
This article identifies some of the benefits of using a postmodern approach in a social work practice or family therapy classroom. A postmodern pedagogical stance has particular significance for faculty who teach clinical practice as postmodernism encourages reflexivity and increases students ’awareness of sociopolitical issues.
Popular Culture Texts and Young People: Making Meaning, Honouring Resistance, and Becoming Harry Potter
This article introduces the use of cultural studies methodologies as a way to make meaning and generate new identity conclusions with young people and their families.
Psychotherapy Research, the Recovery Movement and Practice-Based Evidence in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
This article reviews the literature on psychotherapy outcome research and discusses the relationship between those findings and the tenets of the consumer-driven recovery model. The research provides compelling evidence for practitioners to abandon the current emphasis on diagnosis and theory, model, and technique in favor of a partnership with clients that leverages the common factors and places emphasis on the alliance.
Resisting Normativity: Queer Musings on Politics, Identity, and the Performance of Therapy
What are some of the hazards of the modern gay rights movement? The authors propose that in attempting to secure ‘equal’ rights in various aspects of public and private life – for example, marriage, military service, and health insurance – modern gay rights engages in ‘homonormativity’.
Retelling the Stories of Our Lives by David Denborough
The book invites readers to take a new look at their own stories and to find significance in events often neglected, to find sparkling actions that are often discounted, and to find solutions to problems and predicaments in unexpected places. Easy-to-understand examples and exercises demonstrate how these ideas have helped many people overcome intense hardship and will help readers make these techniques their own. The book also outlines practical strategies for reclaiming and celebrating one’s experience in the face of specific challenges such as trauma, abuse, personal failure, grief, and aging.
The Gender Binary: Theory & Lived Experience
This paper focuses on interrogating the gender binary (male/female) which has created the context for gender transgression. Reflections from a queer-identified woman on her experiences as the partner of a transman are shared in response to this paper.
Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth: Transcending Homonormativity & Constructing Preferred Identities
This is the first therapy book that focuses on clinical work with youth who construct queer identities (as differentiated from essentialized gay or lesbian identities). It’s also the first practice-based book that draws on queer theory, constructionist philosophy, and cultural studies to inform and guide therapeutic work with queer youth. As such, it offers fresh, critical, and hopeful resources for therapists committed to culturally responsive work with youth. It also helps to make ideas from queer theory and cultural studies accessible to clinicians and widely applicable in therapeutic practice.
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