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Fishing for Barracuda : Pragmatics of Brief Systemic Theory - Joel S. Bergman

Fishing for Barracuda

Pragmatics of Brief Systemic Theory

Hardcover Published: 17th June 1985
ISBN: 9780393700053
Number Of Pages: 96

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In fact, it is about working systemically with the most challenging families and individuals, the ones who have already defeated therapist after therapist. At the same time, Joel Bergman presents a multitude of therapeutic tactics that will be useful with a wide range of families, from minnows to submarines. Drawing extensively upon his own experiences as a therapist and as a family member, Bergman shares strategic interventions that are paradoxical, humorous, shocking, and effective. He focuses in particular on the therapist's need to "stay alive," to control the momentum towards change, and to make every therapeutic session dramatic and meaningful. As the title implies, some families can involve therapists in potentially lethal contests. Bergman's goal is to balance the odds, to help therapists develop the skills to change families quickly. Numerous case studies demonstrate his pragmatic way of using rituals, metaphors, and other strategies to hook families and then send them on their way with new resources - without being devoured

ISBN: 9780393700053
ISBN-10: 0393700054
Series: Norton Professional Book
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 17th June 1985
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.7  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1