Studies in Meaning 5 Published

I am pleased to announce that the latest volume of Studies in Meaning has been published by Pace University Press:

Studies in Meaning 5: Disturbing the Status Quo in Constructivist Psychology (20% pre-publication discount!)
Edited by Jonathan D. Raskin, Sara K. Bridges, & Jack S. Kahn

SiM5-cover-draftIs constructivist psychology still relevant? Was it ever? Is it merely an obtuse cluster of theories bogged down in obscure epistemological debates of little to no relevance for most people? Why is it that constructivism is so often referenced in the clinical literature, yet organizationally it counts only a small number of people among its identifiable adherents and struggles to sustain itself as a coherent movement within the field? This volume takes up these issues by having prominent constructivist theorists put aside the usual topics of their scholarship and instead directly grapple with the very questions posed above. Borrowing the language of radical constructivism, the resulting contributions are intended to “perturb” the status quo and get constructivists and non-constructivists alike thinking about constructivism’s past, future, strengths, weaknesses, and overall utility.

ISBN-13: 978-1935625186 / ISBN-10: 1935625187 / ©2015 / $40.00 / Pace University Press
Also available directly from Amazon or from the Amazon-powered CPN Bookstore.

Other Studies in Meaning volumes

My Future of Mental Health Interview

RaskinThe Future of Mental Health virtual conference starts today, February 23, 2015. It’s free and runs all week. Video interviews with 15 great experts from around the world, including me!

The Future of Mental Health

with Dr. Eric Maisel + 15 Experts / February 23-27, 2015

There isn’t just one way to think about mental health. Today adults and children in distress are presented with a single picture: that they have some “mental disorder” requiring “medical treatment.” In this groundbreaking symposium, top experts from around the world challenge this paradigm, present alternatives, and provide you with the tools you need to live a healthier life. Learn about this mental health revolution from its front-line leaders!

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Pre-publication Discount on Studies in Meaning 5

SiM5-cover-draftSTUDIES IN MEANING 5: PERTURBING THE STATUS QUO IN CONSTRUCTIVIST PSYCHOLOGY

AVAILABLE NOW AT THE PRE-PUBLICATION (20% DISCOUNT) PRICE OF $32.00 US!

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Edited by Jonathan D. Raskin, Sara K. Bridges, and Jack S. Kahn

 

DESCRIPTION:

Is constructivist psychology still relevant? Was it ever? Is it merely an obtuse cluster of theories bogged down in obscure epistemological debates of little to no relevance for most people? Why is it that constructivism is so often referenced in the clinical literature, yet organizationally it counts only a small number of people among its identifiable adherents and struggles to sustain itself as a coherent movement within the field? This volume takes up these issues by having prominent constructivist theorists put aside the usual topics of their scholarship and instead directly grapple with the very questions posed above. Borrowing the language of radical constructivism, the resulting contributions are intended to “perturb” the status quo and get constructivists and non-constructivists alike thinking about constructivism’s past, future, strengths, weaknesses, and overall utility.

CONTENTS:

PART I: CONSTRUCTIVISM

1. An Introductory Perturbation: What Is Constructivism and Is There a Future in It? – Jonathan D. Raskin

2. What Does the Future Hold for Personal Construct Psychology? – David A. Winter

3. What Does the Future Hold for Radical Constructivism? – Alexander Riegler

PART II: SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONISM AND NARRATIVE PSYCHOLOGY

4. On Being a Social Constructionist in a More Than Human World – Tom Strong

5. Paradoxes of the Constructed: Narrative Psychology and Beyond – Mark Freeman

PART III: CONSTRUCTIVIST PSYCHOTHERAPY

6. Where’s the Gimmick? Future Prospects for Constructivist Psychotherapy – Jay S. Efran and Jonah N. Cohen

7. Developing a Dialogue: Constructivist Convergence in Psychotherapy and Beyond – Robert A. Neimeyer, Donald Meichenbaum, and Caroline M. Stanley

PART IV: LOOKING FORWARD

8. Imagining Possible Futures: Scenarios for Constructivist Psychology – Jelena Pavlović

9. What Would an Integrative Constructivism Look Like? – Michael F. Mascolo, Michael Basseches, and Amanda El-Hashem

10. Constructivism: Where Do We Go from Here? – Jonathan D. Raskin, Sara K. Bridges, and Jack S. Kahn

Retail price $40

Order by March 15, 2015 to take advantage of this 20% off offer of $32 US.

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For information on the Studies in Meaning books series, including how to purchase earlier volumes, visit http://www.constructivistpsych.org/sim.

Also see http://www.constructivistpsych.org/archives/4681.

New Blog Post: How About a Diagnostic Alternative for Use in Talk Therapy?

New blog post:

Raskin, J. D. (2014, August 18). How about a diagnostic alternative for use in talk therapy? [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://dxsummit.org/archives/2190

Excerpt:

ID-100178853In order to devise a diagnostic alternative with widespread appeal, we must:

a) generate a system that is not bound to any particular theoretical orientation other than one that sees all forms of counseling and psychotherapy as means of using conversation and relational engagement to help clients address their presenting concerns;

b) build a system that involves all relevant constituencies and professions in the process of its creation; this means not just involving representatives of the various helping professions, but also guaranteeing a seat at the table for consumers of services and insurers who cover services;

c) include a practical way for clinicians to code concerns that people bring to the consulting room and provide evidence that we can effectively help people with these concerns, so that insurers see what is being offered as empirically-supported and in their financial interest to cover.

Review of “Philosophy’s Role in Counseling and Psychotherapy” in PsycCRITIQUES

I recently published a book review of Peter B. Raabe’s Philosophy’s Role in Counseling and Psychotherapy in PsycCRITIQUES. Here is the full reference:

Raskin, J. D. (in press). Philosophically tilting at psychotherapy’s windmills [Review of the book Philosophy’s role in counseling and psychotherapy, by P. B. Raabe]. PsycCRITIQUES59(30). doi:10.1037/a0036955

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