Download Irreverence: A Strategy for Therapists' Survival by Gianfranco Cecchin, Gerry Lane, Wendel A. Ray PDF

By Gianfranco Cecchin, Gerry Lane, Wendel A. Ray

ISBN-10: 1855750317

ISBN-13: 9781855750319

This publication, a part of the Systemic considering and perform sequence, marks the top of a collaboration among 3 inventive and hugely revered therapists and writers within the kin remedy box. It keeps the culture of the Milan crew and later systemic thinkers by way of studying the way in which a therapist's personal pondering can block the method of remedy and result in feeling caught. Irreverence is an idea that enables therapists to unfastened themselves from those barriers.

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Then the psychiatrist called and described what had happened, saying: "Something very in­ teresting has been going on. For three or four days, nothing occurred. Then, the nurses began to notice small changes. Some­ one on the ward was getting up in the middle of the night, going to the bathroom, then going to bed again. They suspect it was Sonya but said nothing. " The nurses were following the prescription given by the consultant that if Sonya began to improve they should ignore her completely.

One might view this instruction as a structural intervention; however, the therapist had no such intent. No preconceived map of how the family should look came into play. The idea for a vacation came from the mother. Using her idea that she needed permission, the therapist gave it. Three years after entering therapy in the third hospital, the boy was able to return to his home, is getting along well with both his mother and father, and plans to enter studies at a uni­ versity in the autumn. He has a steady girl-friend and seems to have survived all the "help" he got from professionals at the first two hospitals.

This experience challenged the therapist's certainty about the absolute curative value of the group process. Later the therapist expressed that she felt relieved of a burden of responsibility she had been carrying for preventing future sexual misbehaviour by the group mem­ bers. The therapist was able to become more flexible, better able to have a meaningful therapeutic relationship with the group members, by being able to facilitate a more open conversation about the very forbidden topics for which they were there to begin with.

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