September 12 – 19, 2016 for a week in dialogue with the authors Sally St. George, Dan Wulff, Ron Chenail, Lynda Snyder and Lynda Ashbourne as they share and discuss their ideas about transformative practice in family therapy and how these ideas apply in other professional contexts as well.
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Recording to the webinar held on Monday, Sept. 19th -
The book: Family Therapy as Socially Transformative Practice
This book offers practical suggestions for infusing social justice into daily family therapy practice.
Monday, Sept 12 – Sunday, Sept 18, join the online, virtual, asynchronous conversation - join when you can, and as often as you can all week long. The authors will respond to questions and comments, stories and examples throughout the week. This can be a lively online discussion.
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Recording link to the webinar held on Monday, Sept. 19th
This week in dialogue was based on the book entitled Family Therapy as Socially Transformative Practice. TI Board Members, Sally St. George, Dan Wulff, and Ron Chenail, along with TI Associates, Lynda Snyder and Lynda Ashbourne will share and discuss their ideas about transformative practice in family therapy and how these ideas apply in other professional contexts as well.
Psychotherapies typically have a normative tendency to helping persons adjust more effectively to the worlds within which they live while not attending to the qualities of inequity or injustice of those worlds. Simply helping people adjust to those power imbalances and injustices that diminish persons and relationships serves to re-inscribe the unfairnesses. Not only do we object to reinforcing those inequitable societal structures, we believe that family therapists could actively discuss those injustices and find ways, with clients, to work for change.
From our experiences as practitioners, teachers, supervisors, and administrators, we have each developed a solidly relational stance in our face-to-face work with families and students as well as in our own private lives. Without claiming new approaches to our field of family therapy, we propose some value-added dimensions that highlight and extend systemic and relational conceptualizing, languaging, interacting, and researching. We believe that the flourishing of family therapy requires that we maintain our unique contribution to the field of helping, that is, working relationally. Working relationally is not limited to the family unit—our systemic roots do not end at the edges of the family unit. Serious attention to families’ circumstances necessitates attending to the larger contexts within which families operate. Families are embedded within structures and discourses that at times effectively guide and at other times, complicate families’ lives. Working as change agents with families leads us into examining and working to change societal structures and discourses that impede families in their efforts to live fulfilling lives.
Therefore, in this book and dialogue we appeal to practitioners, teachers, supervisors, and students. Sally St. George and Dan Wulff present “Community-Minded Family Therapy” to examine ways of bringing the community into therapy and the therapy into our communities to look at how our larger systemic contexts (e.g., neighborhoods, social discourses) play out in family lives. From this examination we can develop understandings, critique, and action so that in union with our clients, we can move toward changing our communities for the better. Sally and Dan also present their ideas on the value of joining usually separate activities. “Researcher As Practitioner: Practitioner As Researcher” contains a focus on growing professionals who develop proficiency in integrating research and therapeutic practice and disintegrating unnecessary divisions. Ron Chenail contributes to “Everyday Recursion: When Family Therapy Faculty, Supervisors, Researchers, Students, and Clients Play Well Together” with some fresh ideas about blurring boundaries to develop flexibility and playfulness in the clinical interview. Based on his systematic study of solution-focused work, the possibility of attending to social justice issues in less traditional ways is showcased. Lynda Ashbourne describes how she has worked as a supervisor to enhance therapist trainees' awareness of their own social locations while not exacerbating the self-consciousness that accompanies learning new skills. Lynda Snyder discusses the importance of social justice for family therapists by discussing and illustrating the kinds of conversations and activities that can help family therapists expand their understandings of social justice and enhance their efforts to implement these understandings into their work with families.
We believe we present unique and practical illustrations of infusing small but fresh and clear suggestions for actually listening to and talking social justice in our family therapy work. While we have seen social justice in family therapy written about theoretically and in terms of the large discriminating discourses, we offer daily, small, and do-able ways of attending to this very important and often insidious part of our lives.
Pre-reading: You can buy the book at - http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319291864