Postmodernist ideas are widely used in family therapy. However, it is argued that these ideas have their limits in meeting the richness and complexity of human experience and therapy practice. Family Therapy Beyond Postmodernism examines postmodernism and its expressions in family therapy, raising questions about
* reality and realness
* the subjective process of truth
* the experience of self.
Alongside identifying the difficulties in any sole reliance on narrative and constructionist ideas, this book advocates the value of selected psychoanalytic ideas for family therapy practice, in particular
* attachment and the unconscious
* transference, projective identification and understandings of time
* psychoanalytic ideas about thinking and containment in the therapeutic relationship.
Family Therapy Beyond Postmodernism offers a sustained critical discussion of the possibilities and limits of contemporary family therapy knowledge, and develops a place for psychoanalytic ideas in systemic thinking and practice. It will be of great interest to family therapists, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals.
'This is a very valuable contribution to the literature on family therapy. It is timely, clearly and engagingly written, and it advances family therapy by clarifying concepts which have been very problematic, and offering new ways forward.' - Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck College, London
Connections in Postmodern Times - An Introduction. The Shape of Postmodernism. Social Constructionist Ideas and the Narrative Metaphor. The Question of Reality and Realness. Truth as a Process. The Narrative Self and the Limits of Language. Postmodernist Limits and Intersecting Psychoanalytic Ideas. Attachment and the Unconscious. Transference, Projective Identification and Time. Further Thoughts on the Therapeutic Relationship. Concluding Comments.
About the Author:
Carmel Flaskas is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of New South Wales, where she convenes the masters programs in couple and family therapy.