Becoming Miracle Workers: Language and Meaning in Brief Therapy / Edition 1

Becoming Miracle Workers: Language and Meaning in Brief Therapy / Edition 1

by Gale Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202305716

ISBN-13: 9780202305714

Pub. Date: 12/31/1997

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Brief therapy is a postmodern treatment mode that treats problems as social constructions, encouraging those seeking treatment to replace personal troubles (negative stories) with new problem-solving skills (positive stories). The significant differences discussed in this book do not involve sociologists and brief therapists. The differences are between brief

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Overview

Brief therapy is a postmodern treatment mode that treats problems as social constructions, encouraging those seeking treatment to replace personal troubles (negative stories) with new problem-solving skills (positive stories). The significant differences discussed in this book do not involve sociologists and brief therapists. The differences are between brief therapists, on the one hand, and practitioners of psychotherapy and family therapy on the other. One indicator of these is brief therapists' describing the people who seek their services as clients. The terminology may be contrasted with the language of patients used by many other therapists. At the very least, this difference suggests how brief therapy departs from therapy approaches that are based on the medical model.

Becoming Miracle Workers takes the reader inside "Northland Clinic," one of the most innovative and important centers of brief therapy in the world. Based on twelve years of research, Miller's book discusses how brief therapy has evolved into its present, postmodern form. He describes the details of brief therapist-client interactions, and the behind-the-scenes discussions among brief therapists about their clients' problems. This readable account of the workings of brief therapy invites readers to sit in on brief therapy sessions, provides them with new understandings of personal troubles as social constructions, and shows how brief therapists help their clients develop new, untroubled, life stories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202305714
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/1997
Series:
Social Problems and Social Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Opening Moves1
2Encountering Brief Therapy17
3Troubles as Systems Problems35
4Troubles as Language Games59
5Constructing Ecosystemic Problems85
6Constructing Change in Ecosystemic Brief Therapy109
7Team Work in Ecosystemic Brief Therapy133
8Constructing and Delivering Ecosystemic Interventions157
9Constructing Solutions in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy183
10Final Messages209
References227
Index233

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