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The Language of Mental Health

Therapy as Discourse

Practice and Research

Editors: Smoliak, Olga, Strong, Tom (Eds.)

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  • Brings together discursive researchers and discursive therapists
  • Offers insights into psychological discourse in terms of subjectivity, reflexivity, institutional discourses, gender and ethics
  • Analyses how therapy can be practised and understood as a discursive activity
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About this book

This book addresses the premise that therapy can be understood, practiced, and researched as a discursive activity. Using varied forms of discourse analysis, it examines the cultural, institutional, and face-to-face communications that shape, and occur within, therapies that are discursively understood and practiced. By first providing an overview of commonalities across discursive therapies and research approaches, the authors discursively examine general aspects of therapy. Topics explored include subjectivity, psychological terms, institutional influences, therapeutic relationships, therapists’ ways of talking and questioning, discursive ethics, and assessment of therapeutic processes and outcomes. This book offers a macro-analysis of the conversational practices of a discursively informed approach to therapy; as well as a micro-analysis of the ways in which language shapes and is used in a discursively informed approach to therapy. This book will interest practitioners seeking to better understand therapy as a discursive process, and discourse analysts wanting to understand therapy as discursive therapists might practice it.

About the authors


Olga Smoliak is an Associate Professor in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Guelph, Canada. She uses conversation analysis and discursive psychology to investigate how psychological matters are constituted discursively. Olga has studied interactional methods used in therapy to give advice, collaborate, accomplish therapeutic tasks, and negotiate responsibility for blameworthy conduct. 
Tom Strong is a Professor, couple and family therapist, and counsellor-educator at the University of Calgary, Canada. Tom researches and writes on the collaborative, critically-informed and practical potentials of discursive approaches to psychotherapy.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction to Discursive Research and Discursive Therapies

    Pages 1-18

    Strong, Tom (et al.)

  • Discourse in Psychotherapy: Using Words to Create Therapeutic Practice

    Pages 19-44

    Wahlström, Jarl

  • Researching the Discursive Construction of Subjectivity in Psychotherapy

    Pages 45-69

    Avdi, Evrinomy (et al.)

  • The Alliance as a Discursive Achievement: A Conversation Analytical Perspective

    Pages 71-93

    Horvath, Adam O. (et al.)

  • Discursive Therapies as Institutional Discourse

    Pages 95-116

    Miller, Gale

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93067-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93066-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-06578-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Therapy as Discourse
Book Subtitle
Practice and Research
Editors
  • Olga Smoliak
  • Tom Strong
Series Title
The Language of Mental Health
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93067-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93067-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93066-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06578-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 237
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
Topics