CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Inferring the Relational System: Interactional Therapy within a Constructivist Paradigm

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Publication Date

1989

Publication Title

Family Therapy: The Journal of the California Graduate School of Family Psychology

ISSN

0091-6544

Volume

16

Issue/No.

2

First Page

99

Last Page

111

Abstract

This paper describes and demonstrates the application of constructivist concepts to interactional therapy. The usefulness of a constructivist paradigm when working with an individual client is noted, and the interactional patterns of the relevant system members are shown to be inferred. Additionally, the use of "constructivist questions" to manage the client's "reality" is presented. A constructivist framework is shown to provide a unique and useful orientation for the conceptualization of interactional therapy with an individual client.

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