Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Kerstin Hopstadius is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Collaborative Practices. She has been an editor at Mareld publishing company and on the board of editors for the Nordic Family Therapy Journal Fokus på Familien.
Her professional work started in Church Family Counseling and later as psychologist in Maternity and Child Health Care. She has written numerous papers for the Swedish Family Therapy magazine. In 2007 she was nominated as Family Therapist of the year by the Swedish Family Therapy Association.
A village documentary book that she published in 2011 inspired further research of combining collaborative ideas and local history. The voices from daily life hundreds of years back in time she found surprisingly relevant for how families today struggle with their lives and face new situations.
A time of study at Galveston Family Institute (now Houston Galveston Institute) in 1989 was the starting point for a continuous collaboration through years to come. In 1992 she translated the Family Process paper “Human systems as linguistic systems” and other papers written by Harlene Anderson and Harry Goolishian, which Mareld company published as the book Från påverkan till medverkan (Eng.: From influence to collaboration). The book is now available in Swedish at Taos Worldshare Books. In 1999 Kerstin, together with Cecilia Brodin, translated Harlene Anderson’s book Conversation, Language and Possibilities into Swedish, with the title: Samtal, Språk och Möjligheter.
In 2017 Kerstin received a Taos Associate Grant, which enabled a study of a network gathering team within Social Services in a Swedish local community. The report: “The Choice in the Moment: Joint experiences in a network team within social welfare services” is available on http://www.kerstinhopstadius.se/index_eng.html.