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Title: A systemic constructionist approach to the therapeutic relationship and emotion : practical theory for psychotherapy and consultation
Author: Fredman, Glenda Robyn
Awarding Body: University of Bedfordshire
Current Institution: University of Bedfordshire
Date of Award: 2008
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This paper discusses how I have made an original contribution to the field of family therapy and systemic practice in relation to three themes: the therapeutic relationship; working with emotions in therapy, and self-reflexivity in practice. I track how these three themes have developed in the course of my research and clinical practice between 1983 and 2008 and then go on to show how I have developed these themes into an original 'practical theory' that has broader application to the field of family therapy and systemic consultation. I put forward eight publications, focusing on my two books, 'Death Talk: Conversations with Children and Families' (Fredman, 1997) and 'Transforming Emotion: Conversations in Counselling and Psychotherapy' (Fredman, 2004). I show how my original contributions to the field of family therapy theory and systemic practice take forward the following issues debated in the field in the past ten years: systemic therapy's theorising of the therapeutic relationship; -the use of cybernetics, psychoanalysis and social constructionism in systemic family therapy; -the relationship between modern and postmodern approaches in the field of family therapy; -the relationship between theory and practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: therapeutic relationship ; use of self ; self-reflexivity ; emotion ; social constructionism ; systemic psychotherapy ; practical theory ; C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified ; systemic practice