Therapists in Continuous Education: A Collaborative Approach
by Ottar Ness
This book recounts the learning processes and experiences of five family therapist colleagues from the Trondheim Family Therapy Center in Norway in learning to use challenging new conversational practices in their work with couples. These therapists undertook their learning together, adapting John Heron's Co-operative Inquiry to also make sense of the learning process itself. Through reading and viewing videotaped demonstrations, through team discussion and practice, from personal reflections, and through feedback from clients, these therapists learned to use Johnella Bird's relational language-making approach. Such collaborative learning processes can be used within therapy centers when experienced therapists want to learn to use new therapeutic ideas and specific conversational practices. Along with workshops and academic therapy training programs such collaborative processes within therapeutic communities can be implemented in therapeutic communities as a low-cost, self-sustaining process for collaborative enhancement of practice.