How Connections Heal: Stories from Relational-Cultural Therapy

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April 2004



From faculty and associates of the Stone Center's Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, this practice-oriented casebook shows how relational-cultural theory (RCT) translates into therapeutic action. Richly textured chapters-all written especially for this volume-explain key concepts of RCT and demonstrate their application with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups, as well as in institutional settings. Emphasizing that relationship is the work of therapy, case narratives illuminate both the therapist and client factors that promote or interfere with movement toward connection. Highlighted are the ways in which cultural contexts profoundly influence relationships; how growthful connection inevitably includes conflict; and how experienced therapists work on a moment-by-moment basis to engage with and counteract personal and cultural forces of disconnection.


Part 1: An Introduction to Relational-Cultural Theory and Practice. Walker, How Relationships Heal. Jordan, Relational Learning in Psychotherapy Consultation and Supervision. Part 2: Connection, Disconnection, and Resilience in the Therapy Dyad. Walker, Walking a Piece of the Way: Race, Power, and Therapeutic Movement. Rosen, Making Great Memories: Empathy, Derailment, and Growth. Lawler, Caring, but Fallible: A Story of Repairing Disconnections. Comstock, Reflections on Life, Loss, and Resilience. Part 3: Applications to Couple, Family, and Group Therapy. Walls, Me, Them, Us: Developing Mutuality in a Couple's Therapy. Skerrett, Moving toward 'We': Promise and Peril. Adams, The Five Good Things in Cross-Cultural Therapy. Fedele, Relational Movement in Group Psychotherapy. Part 4: Envisioning New Models of Effectiveness and Change: Relational Practices in Institutional Settings. Hartling, Prevention through Connection: A Collaborative Approach to Women's Substance Abuse. Jenkins, Toward Relational Empowerment of Women in Prison. Sparks, Relational Experiences of Delinquent Girls: A Case Study.


"How Connections Heal is an exemplary contribution to the all-too-scant literature that discusses clinical process from the viewpoint of both clients and therapists. The eleven case studies address a range of clinical modalities, including individual, couple, and group therapy, while also considering treatment approaches with women in prison, delinquent girls, and substance abusers. The authors' interest in and ability to utilize an understanding of cultural variables is intrinsic to the treatment model, and is of particular value to mental health practitioners treating diverse clients. This book will be read and reread, both by graduate students in the various mental health fields and by experienced therapists who wish to advance their understanding of how treatment actually works. Regardless of the reader's theoretical orientation, the book makes an impressive and eloquent argument for the value of studying case material in fine detail."--Gerald Schamess, MSS, Professor Emeritus, Smith College School for Social Work "A major contribution to the psychotherapy literature. Superbly organized and written chapters present a rich and wide array of cases, providing articulate, powerful illustrations of how relational-cultural theory can be applied in practice. Up-close views of work with diverse clients include fascinating discussions of therapist self-reflection and the repair of therapeutic errors. Much more of a 'page turner' than one can usually hope for in a professional book, How Connections Heal presents therapeutic dilemmas with which readers will readily identify and shows how other therapists have resolved them, interweaving cultural and feminist perspectives throughout. This is a highly interesting and informative resource for new as well as seasoned psychotherapists."--Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, private practice, Austin, Texas; past president, American Psychological Association Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) and Society of Couns
EAN: 9781593850333
ISBN: 1593850336
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 258 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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