Exchanging Voices: A Collaborative Approach to Family Therapy

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EDITORS' FOREWORD

It is difficult to overestimate Lynn Hoffman contribution to the development of systemic ideas and skills in the field of mental health and, in particular, family therapy. With the publication of Foundations of Family Therapy, she established herself as the chronicler of the brief history of this field. And since then she has continued to publish papers which, like milestones, help practitioners along their journey through the emerging ideas in family therapy. People ask, "What is she thinking about now?", and she has become trusted as the person who will challenge the new developments by asking the simple, telling questions that seem obvious to all of us, once we have heard her ask them.

The papers in this book, so aptly titled Exchanging Voices, reflect Lynn's critical observation of, first, herself and then of other influential contemporary thinkers over the past 25 years. In the 1980s, many people were infuriated that Lynn's current papers appeared to ditch the ideas in her previous papers, but by the 1990s we have begun to appreciate the way ideas evolve and to look for the patterns over time in the ecology of ideas which this book represents. This capacity to reflect on and discard ideas that are less

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