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If Problems Talked: Narrative Therapy in Action
     

If Problems Talked: Narrative Therapy in Action

by Jeffrey L. Zimmerman, Victoria G. Dickerson
 
In this unique book, noted family therapists Jeffrey L. Zimmerman and Victoria C. Dickerson explore how clients' problems are defined by personal and cultural narratives, and ways the therapist can assist clients in co-constructing and reauthoring narratives to fit their preferences. The authors share their therapeutic vision through a series of stories, fictionalized

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In this unique book, noted family therapists Jeffrey L. Zimmerman and Victoria C. Dickerson explore how clients' problems are defined by personal and cultural narratives, and ways the therapist can assist clients in co-constructing and reauthoring narratives to fit their preferences. The authors share their therapeutic vision through a series of stories, fictionalized discussions, and minidramas, in which problems have a voice. Written in an engaging and personal style that brings the theory to life, the book challenges normative ideas about both narrative and the therapeutic relationship.

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" ...A wonderful text that helps situate clinicians in a narrative perspective...a conversational text that can help the reader experience narrative therapy from the insider perspectives of clinicians, clients and trainees. Also a valuable resource are Appendices A and B which provide reflecting team guidelines and suggested questions one may use in a narrative interview. Many readers will find this a wonderful and refreshing book to complement other experiences in learning to practice narrative therapy."—Jerry E. Gale, Journal of Family Psychotherapy

"An intriguing and dramatic conversation that engages readers as partners and participants in an experience similar to the experience of clients in narrative therapy....This book offers a new and different way of involving clients and therapists in unmasking the influence of larger cultural narratives that constrict their choices." —Rachel T. Hare-Mustin, Ph.D.

"If narrative therapy is akin to a language of its own, then, undoubtedly, the best way to approach a new language is through immersion in it. Dickerson and Zimmerman, in this audacious book, allow the reader to live in such a narrative 'world,' one in which the Problem speaks and the authors, clients, and students have the temerity to speak back. This book calls for a very different kind of reading than do conventional texts. Reader, should you be willing to do so, you will have had a veritable experience of the narrative metaphor in practice." —David Epston, MA, CQSW

"This book represents the culmination of a wonderfully creative exercise by Jeff Zimmerman and Vicki Dickerson. These authors invite you, the reader, to enter the text and to join them 'behind the scenes' in their explorations of the practices, the politics, and the ethics of narrative therapy. A unique opportunity, not to be missed!" —Michael White, BASW

"Take your bearings and fasten your seatbelt. To read this book is to undertake a powerful and thought-provoking adventure in narrative therapy. In this truly groundbreaking volume, Jeff Zimmerman and Vicki Dickerson use a bold and innovative format to immerse the reader in a world where problems are separate from people. Beautifully written, brilliantly conceived, and politically astute, If Problems Talked will change the way you see the world. If problems really could talk, by the end of this book, they'd be pleading for mercy!" —Jill Freedman, MSW and Gene Combs, MD

Booknews
Explores how clients' problems are defined by personal and cultural narratives, and looks at the ways therapists can assist clients in co- constructing and reauthoring narratives to fit their preferences. Various problems are given voice through a series of stories and fictionalized discussions seen through the eyes of clients in couples, individual, child, and adolescent therapy. Also discusses training and supervision from the perspective of students. For family therapists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572301290
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/29/1996
Series:
Guilford Family Therapy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Meet the Author

Jeffrey L. Zimmerman PhD, is Co-Director, with Victoria C. Dickerson, of Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates in Cupertino, California. Drs. Zimmerman and Dickerson train therapists in the Narrative Family Therapy Externship at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto and have collaborated on many book chapters and articles.

Victoria C. Dickerson, PhD, is Co-Director, with Jeffrey L. Zimmerman, of Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates in Cupertino, California. Drs. Dickerson and Zimmerman train therapists in the Narrative Family Therapy Externship at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto and have collaborated on many book chapters and articles.

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