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systemagazin Zeitschriftenarchiv: Journal of Family Therapy Heft 4/2010
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Rivett, Mark (2010): Family therapy‘s perennial questions. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 339-341

Roy-Chowdhury, Sim (2010): Is there a place for individual subjectivity within a social constructionist epistemology? In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 342-357.

abstract: The epistemological turn towards social constructionism has become well established within the field of family systemic therapy. Social constructionism has provided therapists with a theoretical rationale for the concentration upon the social context within which individuals and families live their lives. This is a philosophical position that pushes to the margins the positivist premise that individuals have fixed and measurable personalities in favour of a discourse which proposes that the person is encountered differently within different social contexts. Prompted by the growing interest in systemic practice with individuals and by the rediscovery of the psychoanalytic canon within family therapy literature, the adequacy of this position is examined and an attempt is made to open up a space within social constructionist discourse for a theory of individual subjectivity. Findings from a research project are the starting point for this venture. These findings are understood through the lens of psychoanalytic theory, with particular reference to the work of Jacques Lacan.

McNamee, Sheila (2010): The self beyond words: comment on ‚Is there a place for individual subjectivity within a social constructionist epistemology‘. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 358-361.

abstract: Roy-Chowdhury (2010) is on a quest to reclaim the subject in constructionist practice, specifically therapeutic practice. His argument rests on the claim that there is no subject, no self, no individual outside language in social construction. To be sure, the notion of a self-contained, privately cognizing individual is dismissed within social construction, noting instead that knowledge of self and world is a byproduct of relational interchange. As Lock and Strong (2010, p.7) put it, ‚meaning and understanding have their beginnings in social interaction, in shared agreements as to what these symbolic forms are to be taken to be‘. The relational self - social construction‘s version of the self - is very much alive and well. The relational self is very much a person.

Pocock, David (2010): Emotions as ecosystemic adaptations. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 362-378.

abstract: Despite Gregory Bateson‘s interest in emotion and culture, the potential for understanding emotion systemically and culturally was lost very early in the mainstream development of family therapy, partly as a reaction to the dominant psychiatric-psychoanalytic paradigm of North America at the time. In those pioneering years, to take emotion seriously was to risk appearing stuck in a one-person psychology. In an interesting paradox, it is relational psychoanalysts and parent - infant researchers such as Beatrice Beebe and Frank Lachmann who have recently turned to systems theory to give a fuller account of emotions and emotional regulation in self and relationships. The author draws on their ideas together with the work of Peter Fonagy, Patricia Crittenden, Jessica Benjamin, Britt Krause and others to sketch briefly an ecosystemic theory of emotional expression. This sketch is used to give contextual meaning to two contrasting clinical topics in relation to anger: self-harm and conduct ‚disorder‘.

Krause, Inga-Britt (2010): Calling the context: towards a systemic and cross-cultural approach to emotions. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 379-397.

abstract: This article offers a contribution to systemic thinking and practice in relation to emotions. It suggests that emotions are crucial in considering the relationship between individuals and social systems, patterns and relationships, including those between therapists and clients. Seeking to establish a balance between systemic and constructionist approaches, the article summarizes Bateson‘s description of schismogenesis in naven. Two sequences of clinical work, which were inspired by Bateson‘s ethnography and which contained strong emotions, are described. A focus on emotions, both those of clients and those of therapists, is shown to provide an opportunity for encompassing and opening up issues relating to culture, race, diachrony and experience. Culture is considered in terms of both expectations and context and emotional resonance in the therapy room used as a counterpoint to narrative emphasis.

Lange, Richard (2010): The family as its own reflecting team: a family therapy method. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 398-408.

abstract: Social research has suggested that people, in general, tend to overestimate their skills and abilities. Interestingly, research has found that peers are better predictors of a person‘s behaviour than self-assessment, suggesting that others know us better than we know ourselves. Family therapists should be aware that family members might not give accurate accounts of themselves. In order to overcome this problem, therapists should incorporate peer assessments into therapy. Reflecting teams and videotaping do incorporate peer assessments, yet these methods can be impractical. This article describes a method of family therapy using enactments as a means of setting up the family as its own reflecting team. The method suggests that the family and therapist switch roles several times during the enactment, and then encourages a discussion on the peer observations on how each person addresses a problem in the family. Case examples illustrate how feedback from peers promotes insights.

Carr, Alan (2010): Thematic review of family therapy journals 2009. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 409-427.

abstract: In this article the contents of the principal English-language family therapy journals published in 2009 are reviewed under these headings: narrative therapy, child-focused problems, adult-focused problems, substance abuse across the lifespan, illness across the lifespan, family violence, couples, diversity, developments in systemic practice, training and research.

Angell, Chris, Lynne Brown, Tonia Forster, Nigel Trevarrow & John Wheeler (2010): Close encounters of the third order kind. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 428-431.

abstract: This article describes an exercise developed for assessing trainee family therapists‘ practice at the end of a placement year in a manner consistent with the third-order positioning the trainees were endeavouring to adopt in their practice. Evaluation by the trainees confirmed that the exercise had provided them with a significant opportunity to co-construct with the supervisors their practice learning and future learning goals.

Reed, Alex (2010): Chance operations in training: a participatory format for introducing dialogical family therapy. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 432-435.

abstract: Presenting dialogical approaches to therapy calls for training approaches that are themselves participatory and dialogical. The use of chance operations is one way of enhancing an interactive and co-constructive learning process.

Mason, Barry (2010): Six aspects of supervision and the training of supervisors. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 436-439.

abstract: Arising out of a perceived contradiction in the implementation of a second order perspective, this article suggests a practice framework for inclusion in the training of systemic supervisors. Brief feedback from trainees is also presented.

McGovern, Marie & Pete Harmsworth (2010): A taste of reflecting practice. In: Journal of Family Therapy 32 (4): S. 440-443.

abstract: This article describes a training exercise in which students who are new to systemic practice but have some experience in therapeutic work in other modalities were invited to experience reflecting practice. The students were asked to follow a role-played therapy session by offering reflections on the connections felt to a ‚family‘ member. The students stood beside the ‚family member‘, reflected on the problems and accounted for the connections felt in terms of particular resonances felt. The students thus experienced a therapeutic use of self congruent with the reflecting team approach and the therapeutic position adopted in reflecting practice.

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