Neimeyer, Robert and Jonathan Raskin.
Constructions of Disorder: Meaning-Making Frameworks for Psychotherapy
This collection of articles from leading constructivist, narrative, and social constructionist theorists and therapists describes alternatives to traditional diagnoses and treatment that humanize the assessment process and promote meaningful therapeutic change. By emphasizing the personal and social processes of language and meaning making in creating and resolving problems, contributors consider how psychotherapists can conceptualize human distress in a way that gives direction to therapy without stigmatizing or pathologizing their clients. Integrating postmodern theory and clinical practice, authors focus on such techniques as experiential exploration of the client’s tacit self-knowledge, narrative reconstruction, and the deconstruction of oppressive cultural discourses. Throughout, the discussion is anchored with detailed case illustrations. Purchase through Amazon