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Psychotherapy in Everyday Life

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Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521880176

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  • Psychotherapy in Everyday Life shows how clients employ therapy in their daily lives. The varied and extensive efforts involved in this are systematically overlooked in therapy research. The book shines important new light on processes of personal change and learning in practice. More generally speaking, it launches a theory of personhood based on how persons conduct their everyday lives in social practice. This approach and many of the book’s findings are of immediate relevance for understanding other fields of expert practice.

    • Builds on an extensive family of four case study, grounding the book's argument in concrete lives
    • Includes a socio-cultural appoach making it unique in that it studies people as they live their lives and change across places
    • Shows the process of personal change and learning in practice, helping practitioners to reflect and change their practice
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    "...this book shows the extensive and varied work clients do to make their therapy work across places...."
    --Family Therapy

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    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521880176
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Researching psychotherapy as a social practice
    2. Theorizing persons in structures of social practice
    3. A study: its design and conduct
    4. Clients' ordinary lives plus sessions
    5. Therapy in clients' social practice across places
    6. Changes in clients' practice across places
    7. Changing problems across places
    8. The conduct of everyday life and the life trajectory
    9. The childrens' changing conducts of everyday life and life trajectories
    10. The parents' changing conducts of everyday life and life trajectories
    11. The changing conduct of everyday family life and family trajectory
    12. Research in social practice.

  • Author

    Ole Dreier, University of Copenhagen
    Ole Dreier is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Copenhagen, where he received both his MA and his PhD. He is a leading scholar in activity theory and critical psychology in Europe and combines work on the development of theory with research directed at developing practices in the fields of psychotherapy, health care, and education. He is a member of the Danish interdisciplinary Center for Health, Humanity, and Culture and an approved specialist in psychotherapy and supervision. Dreier has held the Wilhelm-Wundt chair in Leipzig and has been affiliated with universities in Mexico, Germany, and the United States. He is a member of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology and the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research.

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