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Psychotherapy in Everyday Life


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

  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521706131

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  • In this book, Dreier shows how clients make therapy work in their everyday lives. Therapy cannot fulfill its purpose until the clients can make it work outside the therapy room in relation to the concerns, people, and places of their everyday lives. Research on therapy has largely ignored these efforts. Based on session transcripts and interviews with a family of four about their everyday lives, Dreier shows the extensive and varied work the clients do to make their therapy work across places. Processes of change and learning are seen in a new perspective and it is shown that expert practices depend on how persons conduct their everyday lives. To grasp this, Dreier developed a theory of persons that is based on how they conduct their lives in social practice. This theory is grounded in critical psychology and social practice theory and is also relevant for understanding other expert practices such as education.

    • 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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    '… the book is provocative. The important thing is what it provokes, which is consideration of what therapy means to clients when they're back home. Dreier's work is recommended for anyone interested in addressing this important question.' Theory and Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521706131
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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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