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

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.

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 xi
Opening Moves
1(16)
Three Counseling Possibilities
3(4)
Focus of the Study
7(2)
Brief Therapy as Institutional Discourse
9(2)
Overview of the Book
11(6)
PART I CONTEXTS OF BRIEF THERAPY
Encountering Brief Therapy
17(18)
Themes in Constructivism
19(2)
Constructivism and Postmodernism
21(3)
Brief Therapy as Constructivism
24(2)
Brief Therapy as Serious Play
26(2)
Northland Clinic
28(2)
Brief Therapy at Northland Clinic
30(3)
First Impressions
33(2)
Troubles as Systems Problems
35(24)
Ericksonian "Uncommon" Therapy
36(1)
Strategic Family Therapy
37(3)
The Emergence of Ecosystemic Brief Therapy
40(2)
Change, Maps, and Skeleton Keys
42(4)
Ecosystemic Strategies
46(3)
From Complaints to Problems
49(2)
Constructing Problems
51(3)
Opening Possibilities for Change
54(2)
Intervention Strategies
56(3)
Troubles as Language Games
59(26)
Ecosystemic Practice as a Context of Change
59(3)
Poststructuralism as a Context of Change
62(1)
Social Realities as Local Constructions
63(2)
Troubles as Uncaused Realities
65(1)
Language Use as a Reality-Creating Activity
66(2)
Becoming Solution-Focused
68(2)
Solution-Focused Strategies
70(3)
Conversational Preferences and Narrative Guidelines
73(3)
Solution-Focused Questions
76(1)
"Getting-By" Questions
76(2)
Questions about Exceptions
78(1)
Scaling Questions
79(1)
The Miracle Question
80(2)
Solution-Focused Interventions
82(3)
PART II WORKINGS OF BRIEF THERAPY
Constructing Ecosystemic Problems
85(24)
Ecosystemic Interviews
85(2)
Opening Moves
87(2)
Client Responses
89(3)
Mapping Clients' Problems
92(4)
Mapping Remedies
96(4)
Mapping Clients' Social Systems
100(3)
Mapping the Future
103(6)
Constructing Change in Ecosystemic Brief Therapy
109(24)
Opening Moves
111(2)
Clients' Responses
113(1)
Elaborating and Extending Change
114(4)
Choosing Change
118(4)
Negotiating Change
122(1)
Negotiating Improvement
122(3)
Negotiating Solutions
125(3)
Negotiating therapist-Client Relationships
128(3)
Ending Ecosystemic Brief Therapy
131(2)
Team Work in Ecosystemic Brief Therapy
133(24)
Solutions and Cases as Vocabularies
134(3)
Assessing and Intervening in Interviews
137(3)
Constructing Problems
140(5)
Assessing Clients' Perspectives and Social Systems
145(3)
Proposing Interventions
148(3)
Assessing Change
151(1)
Elaborating on Prior Understandings
152(2)
Constructing New Understandings
154(3)
Constructing and Delivering Ecosystemic Interventions
157(26)
Compliments in Ecosystemic Brief Therapy
159(3)
Constructing Compliments
162(3)
Initial Interventions
165(5)
Later Interventions
170(2)
Modifying Ecosystemic Interventions
172(4)
Reconsidering Intervention Strategies
176(4)
Direction and Indirection in Ecosystemic Brief Therapy
180(3)
Constructing Solutions in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
183(26)
Opening Moves
185(4)
Scaling Problems and Solutions
189(4)
Imagining the Future
193(4)
Constructing Exceptions
197(1)
Negotiating How Clients "Get-By"
198(3)
Solution-Focused Interventions
201(8)
PART III IMPLICATIONS OF BRIEF THERAPY
Final Messages
209(18)
Brief Therapy as Constructivist Socialization
211(2)
Life as a Narrative Project
213(2)
Aspects of Story Telling in Brief Therapy
215(2)
Brief Therapy as Troping
217(2)
Constructing Postmodern Stories in Brief Therapy
219(3)
The Politics of Brief Therapy
222(5)
References 227(6)
Index 233

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