'This is an important book for our Series [the Systemic Thinking and Practice Series]. It brings together people who have either previously contributed books to this Series or have been present in many volumes through the force and influence of their ideas. The book engages the reader at two levels. On one level it demonstrates how the ideas that Tom Andersen promulgates can be developed, or, as it seems in several chapters, how they can act as a springboard for other major contributors to the family therapy field such as Hoffman, Seikkula, Shotter and Harlene Anderson to develop and refine their own theoretical positions. Central to these authors are Andersen's notion of respect, resourcefulness of clients, collaborative relationships, dialogue, and, of course, the well-known reflecting process, but because these authors are sharpening the cutting edge of their own thinking, they are bringing fresh ideas for contemporary therapists.' David Campbell and Ros Draper, from the Editors' Foreword
'The passion to continually be on the move to seek new understanding is a characteristic of the field of
family therapy and systemic thinking over the last forty years. Many professionals have moved around,
more or less freely, in and out of this field. Some have made footprints that will last for a long time. One of these is Tom Andersen. From a position as professor in social psychiatry at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway he has moved around the world participating with other professionals in their efforts to develop their work and seek wider horizons.' - Harlene Anderson and Per Jensen, from the Preface
Harlene Anderson (USA) is a Founding Member of the Houston Galveston Institute and Assistant Professor
of Psychology, Our Lady of the Lake University, Houston. She is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of family therapy and for her postmodern collaborative approach to therapy and education.
Per Jensen (Norway) is an Associate Professor, Masters Programme in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway.