Exchanging Voices: A Collaborative Approach to Family Therapy

Exchanging Voices: A Collaborative Approach to Family Therapy

Exchanging Voices: A Collaborative Approach to Family Therapy

Exchanging Voices: A Collaborative Approach to Family Therapy

Synopsis

For this book, Lynn Hoffman has not only compiled her writing for the last ten years, but she has written her own commentary about the personal and intellectual journey which led her from one paper to the next. The papers themselves read like a chronicle of the major ideas of the past ten years, but her commentary sheds a new light on the process of learning. It enables the reader to understand the way one woman has listened to the voices of a changing environment, and listened to the changes in herself in order to expand her thinking and her practice as a therapist.

Excerpt

It is difficult to overestimateLynn 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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