This volume offers the first in-depth and comprehensive view on the reflecting team process, a new and original set of ideas and practices that is transforming the field of family therapy. Bringing together an international group of pioneering contributors, this book advances a concept of therapy as a public and participatory forum in which many voices are heard and affirmed. Therapeutic teams and audiences provide a wealth of creative possibilities as client and therapist collaborate to find new meanings and options for action, opening space for family (and community) change. Through both theoretical presentations and detailed clinical transcripts, the contributors illustrate the benefits and utility of applying the reflecting team approach in a wide variety of clinical contexts.
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Table of Contents
Opening Reflections, Friedman
I. The Reflecting Process: Opening Dialogues
1. Reflecting Processes: Acts of Informing and Forming, Andersen
2. Using the Reflecting Process with Families Stuck in Violence and Child Abuse, Kjellberg, Edwardsson, Niemel„, and ™berg
3. Treating Psychosis by Means of Open Dialogue, Seikkula, Aaltonen, Alakare, Haarakangas,
Ker„nen, and Sutela
4. When Patients Somatize and Clinicians Stigmatize: Opening Dialogue between Clinicians
and the Medically Marginalized, Griffith and Griffith
5. Reflective and Collaborative Voices in the School, Swim
6. A Spell in the Fifth Province: It's between Meself, Herself, Yerself, and Yer Two Imaginary Friends, McCarthy and Byrne
II. The Reflecting Team: Hosting Collaborative Conversations
7. Offering Reflections: Some Theoretical and Practical Considerations, Lax
8. Through Susan's Eyes: Reflections on a Reflecting Team Experience, Janowsky, Dickerson, and Zimmerman
9. Widening the Lens, Sharpening the Focus: The Reflecting Process in Managed Care, Friedman, Brecher, and Mittelmeier
10. Rap Music with Wisdom: Peer Reflecting Teams with Tough Adolescents, Selekman
III. The Community as Audience: Reauthoring Stories
11. Consulting Your Consultants: A Means to the Coconstruction of Alternative Knowledges, Epston, White, and "Ben"
12. From "Spy-chiatric Gaze" to Communities of Concern: From Professional Monologue to Dialogue, Madigan and Epston
13. Public Practices: An Ethic of Circulation, Lobovits, Maisel, and Freeman
14. Family Reunions: Communities Celebrate New Possibilities, Nichols and Jacques
15. A Journey of Change through Connection, Adams-Westcott and Isenbart
Closing Reflections: On Communities, Connections, and Conversations, Friedman
"A noteworthy collection of voices expressing the various ways that clinicians throughout the world have interpreted' and put into action' the stance and ethic of the reflecting team....This is an excellent book for anyone looking for wonderful and varied examples of the collaborative, language-based reflecting process."
-The Illinois Family Therapist
"A rich and fascinating series of reflections on the innumerable ways multivoiced conversations can make space for people to change their stories. There is something here for everyone."
-Alan Parry, PhD
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