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Matters of Interpretation : Reciprocal Transformation in Therapeutic and Developmental Relationships with Youth - Michael J. Nakkula

Matters of Interpretation

Reciprocal Transformation in Therapeutic and Developmental Relationships with Youth

Hardcover Published: 28th November 1997
ISBN: 9780787909574
Number Of Pages: 384

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An effective new therapeutic model that integrates the client's and therapist's values

This groundbreaking book offers therapists and counselors an effective new therapeutic model based on hermeneutics--the art and science of interpretation. It recognizes that the clinician is not a neutral observer in the therapeutic process but brings to the interaction his or her own values, judgments, and prejudices.

Grounded in theory yet deeply inspirational, the book is filled with rich personal reflections from real-world clinicians who have used this model and found the process to be deeply transformative. This new approach not only deepens the therapeutic relationship but has proven to be especially effective with young clients at risk for negative outcomes.

Industry Reviews

"The authors have initiated a revolutionary line of inquiry, sure to have a major impact across the full spectrum of fields that care about youth development. This ambitious theory and practice book marks a true innovation in teaching. Students . . . will gain a deeper respect for the developmental challenges and cultural complexities faced by the youth they wish to serve. Faculty and supervisors . . . will be amazed at how much more their students can learn when they are trained to use hermeneutic tools to study and support the lives of children and adolescents in the world." (Robert L. Selman, director, Risk and Prevention Program, and professor of psychology and education, Harvard University)

"How rare it is to open a chapter in a book of psychology and find a compelling story of human experience." (Frank Richardson, associate professor of educational psychology, University of Texas, Austin)


Introduction: The Forward Arc of Projection.

A Hermeneutic Methodology for Theory, Research, and Practice.

Where We Come From, What We Bring: The Historical and Relational Underpinnings of the Hermeneutic Framework.


Self-Reflection and Mutual Transformation.

Becoming Uncomfortable: Transforming My Praxis (Sharon M. Ravitch).

The Flight of a Black Butterfly: A Hermeneutic Investigation of Metamorphosis (Gregory Seaton).

Another Backward Arc: Further Reflections on "Expert" and "Problem" (Karen E. Liiv).

Fear and Courage: Interpretations from Beyond a Life Half-Lived (Kristin M. Carvill).


Critical Absences and Hidden Influences in Interpretation.

Meaning, Purpose, and Hope: The Case of the Disappearance (Shuna Keenan).

Treading Softly: A Critical Phenomenological Investigation of the Voiceless in the Hermeneutic Circle (Deborah H. Cheng).

The Concealed Influence and Power of Nondirective Counselors (Hugh McDonough).

The Dance of Interpretation: The Dialectic of Loss and Connectedness (Anna Mackey).


"The Rules of the Game" Applied to Play, Power, and Politics.

Language and Politics: Translating the Rules of the Game--Ayer, AHORA y Manana (John Ramirez Jr. & Marco Antonio Bravo).

Entering Play: Lessons of Grief, Joy, and Growth (Tara Edelschick).

What's Love Got to Do with It? Combining the Influences of Race and Love to Create an Effective Black Counselor (Randy B. Hayward).

Theatrical Dialogue: A Hermeneutic Analysis of Change in One Act (Robert W. Leary).

19. Coming Full Circle: The Return Art of Reflection.

ISBN: 9780787909574
ISBN-10: 0787909572
Series: Jossey-Bass Psychology Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 28th November 1997
Publisher: JOSSEY BASS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.85 x 16.05  x 2.89
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1