Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
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"What is love and who am I?" These questions are at the heart of my work with clients exploring the possibility of divorce. In this paper, I describe the ways a Collaborative Therapy stance informs and is informed by the conversations I have with clients in my private practice. I also share a tentative framework for categories of conversations that most consistently emerge in this work and describe how my experiences have influenced me on both personal and professional levels.
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This paper discusses the stories told by bereaved siblings who were 60 years old and older when a sister or brother died. It expands the concepts and narratives of sibling grief into mature adulthood by challenging the long standing assumptions of aging and grief narratives in an older sibling system. The silence of grief narratives from mature sibling systems is evident in the lack of acknowledgement in adult bereavement. Existing research and literature on grief and bereavement in sibling relationships has focused on the developmental stages of childhood, adolescence, young adult and middle adult experiences.
In this brief article, I revisit a memorable conversation sparked by student colleagues during my dissertation experience in the Taos-Tilburg doctoral program. Our conversation concerned social constructionist research methodology: To summarize, we wanted to find one. But more than wishing for the certainty and ease of a pre-approved research process, we longed to facilitate social inquiry in ways that would cohere with the social constructionist, dialogic, premises underpinning our everyday collaborative professional practices.
Mille Themsen Duvander
Energy led research describes the micro navigation of the everyday work of the relational researcher with the project and the group being studied; How to follow the energy in certain directions, how to be able to listen to intuition to follow the ‘pull’ of the project and how to be open and trusting the process in order to co-create valuable results with and for the group being studied. In the paper are presented four steps in a step-by-step guide, five basic assumptions and six key requirements for the researcher wanting to experiment with an energy led research approach.
Joaquin Gaete, Olga Smoliak, and Shari Couture
This chapter aims to promote dialogue between discursive-oriented researchers (e.g., Potter & Hepburn, 2007) and therapists (e.g., Lock & Strong, 201_2). Both share an interest in therapy talk as "reflexive": they approach discourse as a form of joint action rather than as information that goes through a tube (e.g., Edwards, 1997; Tomm, 1988). At the same time, they clearly differ in aims and "methods" of inquiry. Discursive therapists seem to be interested in optimizing therapy and, therefore, deliberately using reflexivity in client-responsive ways. In this chapter we explore how drawing on both discursive (therapy and research) perspectives may help deepen understanding and enrich practice of discursive therapy.
Tianfang Liu and Liping Yang
The old people were treated differently by their younger counterparts in Chinese history, as the value of being old is quite distinct from primitive society to feudal society, and to modern society. This paper is, firstly, to describe how Chinese old people were regarded by the young group or manipulated by the Tribe or the Empire and figure out what was the reason for the constructed value of being old , and then to deconstruct the process of valuation and thus to create new possibilities for the multiple values of being aged.
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by Maria Camila Ospina Alvarado, Sara Victoria Alvarado and María Alejandra Fajardo
Investigación enfocada en comprender cómo niños y niñas de primera infancia cuyas familias provienen de contextos de conflicto armado, y sus agentes relacionales, construyen memorias y aportes a la paz. Teóricamente parte del construccionismo social, desde las narrativas colectivas como generadoras de realidades; y de la socialización política, para la comprensión de subjetividades políticas.
Research project oriented towards the comprehension of how children in early childhood, whose families come from contexts of armed conflict, and their relational agents, create memories and promote peace-building processes. Theoretically, the study uses Social Constructionism, and its orientation to collective narratives to create realities; and Political Socialization to comprehend political subjectivities.
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Luz María Rodríguez and Irma Rodríguez
El ser humano ha desarrollado más la comunicación en lo que va en los ultimas décadas del siglo XXI. Este transformación se ha dado mucho sobre las nuevas tecnologías y como las personas iniciamos diálogos o monólogos en esas conversaciones. Nunca dejamos de tener ese proceso en nuestro cerebro y va sucediendo en el momento que vamos conversando y/o tecleando cada letra del computador. En este mismo orden la supervisión de la terapia en general como lo menciona Lebl (2000) es en si el proceso el “conocimiento de la teoría, métodos y técnica … que se aprende en el hacer, no tanto en el teorizar” (p. 87).
When counselling groups represent microcosms for society, what does co-creating inclusive spaces for community, accountability, and healing look like within the queer, trans, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit community impacted by Toxic Masculinity, Femmephobia, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Misogyny through gender-based violence? Guided by social constructionist ideas, we propose alternate healing practices for the TGD2S communities.
Olga Smoliak, Shari Couture, Tom Strong, and Joaquin Gaete Silva
In this Practice Showcase, we will explore reflexive questions as a practice that can be used to co-construct preferred understandings of clients’ experiences. Participants will have opportunities to apply discourse analytic procedures to examine how descriptions of clients' experiences are interactionally produced and negotiated, with the focus on therapists' contributions to discourse.
In light of the developments in DSM-5 and ICD-11, this study aimed to unpack systems of meanings and practices embedded in the act of ‘diagnosing’ grief. Practitioners shifted their subjected positions while enacting, drawing, and resisting medicalization discourse, indicating their ideological dilemma inherent in the idea of grief as disorders. Underlying practitioners’ ambivalence about diagnosing grief, there appears to be what Billing et al. (1988) called “an ideological dilemma”––opposing values, systems of ideologies, and common sense that preconditions social thinking.