Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Dr. Joaquín Gaete Silva is a Chilean Reg. Psychologist, and an Assistant Professor of the School of Psychology at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago. Taking an integrative, constructionist, and discursive-informed approach, his teaching activities mostly relates to the field of psychotherapy. He is interested in change process research in psychotherapy, as it relates to the co-construction of preferred ways of being/identity. While pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Calgary, Canada, and under the supervision of Dr. Tom Strong, he took a discursive approach to explore human change processes in terms of “conversational practices”. From such approach, his research has focused on conversational practices fostering self-preferred change in counseling, family therapy, clinical supervision, and other human settings. After working at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, he also has been working on expanding Karl Tomm and colleagues’ (2014) interpersonal approach to therapy. He is interested in articulating what can be conversationally accomplished by engaging in Transformational Interpersonal Patterns (TIPs). In particular, he is focusing on TIPs which may open up healing and more socially just pathways on issues usually described as “disruptive behavior” (e.g., ADHD) in childhood and adolescence.