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Emerging out of the traditions of Ericksonian, strategic, and solution-focused therapies, this book redescribes and reconceives brief therapy in light of postmodern and pragmatic thinking. The result is personal consultation, with a focus on conversation and inquiries that gently guide the pursuit of desire. This approach embraces a diversity of longings, goals, and ways of being in the world. The key question, underlying both the authors' research and their consultative conversations, is 'How can we create a space for dialogue and wonder, where purpose, preferences, and possibilities can emerge?'

This question leads to many others, which form the basis for the chapters of the book. Each inquiry is illustrated by case excerpts that show where this approach diverges from strategic and solution-focused questioning. The situations are difficult--crack addiction, marital separation, suicidal despair, etc.--and yet the consultant's stance of being 'curious with' the client leads to signs of hope and pathways toward a better future. In this pragmatic approach, previously unspoken desires take precedence over goals set by others, and what is preferred becomes possible.

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Reconceives brief therapy in light of postmodern and pragmatic thinking, focusing on conversation and inquiries that gently guide the pursuit of desire. Each inquiry is illustrated by case excerpts that show where this approach diverges from strategic and solution-focused questioning. In this pragmatic approach, previously unspoken desires take precedence over goals set by others, and what is preferred becomes possible. John Walter is a faculty member of American Healthcare Institute. Jane Peller is professor of social work at Northeastern Illinois University.
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The result is personal consultation, with a focus on conversation and inquiries that gently guide the pursuit of desire. This approach embraces a diversity of longings, goals, and ways of being in the world. The key question, underlying both the authors' research and their consultative conversations, is 'How can we create a space for dialogue and wonder, where purpose, preferences, and possibilities can emerge?' This question leads to many others, which form the basis for the chapters of the book. Each inquiry is illustrated by case excerpts that show where this approach diverges from strategic and solution-focused questioning. The situations are difficult--crack addiction, marital separation, suicidal despair, etc.--and yet the consultant's stance of being 'curious with' the client leads to signs of hope and pathways toward a better future. In this pragmatic approach, previously unspoken desires take precedence over goals set by others, and what is preferred becomes possible.

About the Author

Jane E. Peller, L.C.S.W., is professor of social work at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.John L. Walter, M.S.W., is a well-known therapist and workshop presenter with a private practice in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393703252
Author:
Walter, John L.
Author:
Peller, Jane E.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Psychotherapy
Subject:
Psychotherapy, Brief
Subject:
Brief therapy
Subject:
Psychotherapy - General
Subject:
Counseling
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Norton Professional Books
Series Volume:
no. 609
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.4 x 0.9 in 1.06 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The result is personal consultation, with a focus on conversation and inquiries that gently guide the pursuit of desire. This approach embraces a diversity of longings, goals, and ways of being in the world. The key question, underlying both the authors' research and their consultative conversations, is 'How can we create a space for dialogue and wonder, where purpose, preferences, and possibilities can emerge?' This question leads to many others, which form the basis for the chapters of the book. Each inquiry is illustrated by case excerpts that show where this approach diverges from strategic and solution-focused questioning. The situations are difficult--crack addiction, marital separation, suicidal despair, etc.--and yet the consultant's stance of being 'curious with' the client leads to signs of hope and pathways toward a better future. In this pragmatic approach, previously unspoken desires take precedence over goals set by others, and what is preferred becomes possible.
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