Deconstructing Psychotherapy


Edited by: Ian Parker

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    Notes on the Contributors

    Nollaig O'Reilly Byrne is clinical director, a consultant child psychiatrist and family therapist, and on the senior faculty of the Family Therapy Training Programmes at the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin.

    Wendy Drewery teaches (among other things) counselling theory in the Counsellor Education Programme at the University of Waikato.

    Vincent Fish is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice at the Family Therapy Center of Madison and is a senior preceptor in the School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    John Kaye is senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide, where he established what is now the Masters in Psychology (Clinical Health). In 1994 he established the Discursive Construction of Knowledge Group and initiated its associated biennial international conference. With a major commitment to delineating the sociocultural determinants of thought and behaviour, he has graduated to a social realist and critical orientation toward psychology. This informs his work as a psychotherapist. He is accordingly not a narrative therapist, preferring to work within a frame he calls ‘discursive therapy’.

    Glenn Larner is a clinical psychologist and family therapist at Queenscliff Health Centre, Manly, Sydney. He has published several articles on the relevance and application of Derridean deconstruction to family therapy and psychoanalysis and is currently a doctoral student at Wollongong University researching a thesis on this topic.

    Ian Law is a therapist and training provider who is based in Adelaide, South Australia. Over the last two years he has been with Yaletown Family Therapy in Vancouver, Canada. As well as editing Gecko, a family therapy journal, he has been writing and presenting on his development of a discursive approach to therapy.

    Roger Lowe is a lecturer in counselling at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, where he teaches and supervises graduate students in the Master of Social Science (Counselling) programme.

    Imelda Colgan McCarthy is Director of the PhD Programme in Families and Systemic Therapies, a Board member of the Family Studies Centre and a lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University College Dublin.

    Wally McKenzie has been teaching narrative/postmodern ideas at the University of Waikato for the past six years as a part-time lecturer. He also has a full-time practice in the city as a therapist. Growing up with a strong Christian family environment led to an interest in developing an alternative respectful and spiritually supportive therapy for Christians which could be available from ‘non-Christian’ resources. It is a practice which seeks to honour Christian tradition but stand apart from theological debate.

    Stephen Patrick Madigan is the Director of Narrative Therapy Training at Yaletown Family Therapy in Vancouver, and co-director of the Toronto Narrative Therapy Project in Toronto, Canada.

    John Morss studied psychology in the UK, and taught at the University of Ulster before moving to New Zealand. He is currently senior lecturer in the Department of Education, University of Otago. His interests are in the critical psychology of development and he is now working on deconstructionist and anarchist approaches to psychology. His previous books are The Biologising of Childhood (Erlbaum, 1990) and Growing Critical (Routledge, 1995).

    Maria Nichterlein studied psychology in Chile where she also did clinical postgraduate studies in systemic approaches to therapy. She is currently working as a family therapist at Children, Adolescents and their Families Mental Health Services, Dunedin Public Hospital, New Zealand. Before her immigration to NZ, she lived for eight years in Adelaide, South Australia where she worked as a family therapist, as a marriage counsellor and as a student counsellor at the University of Adelaide. During those years, she was also involved in the Management Committee of Migrant Women Emergency Services (a service focused on helping migrant women fleeing from situations of domestic violence) and in the formation of the Federation of Spanish Speaking Communities of South Australia.

    Ian Parker is Professor of Psychology at Bolton Institute, where he is co-director of the Discourse Unit and programme leader for the MSc in Critical Psychology.

    Eero Riikonen is a psychiatrist, and worked 1980–9 in the public mental health sector and as a manager of the Finnish Suicide Prevention Centre. In 1989–94 he was a researcher and 1994–6 a development manager in The Rehabilitation Foundation. From 1996 onwards he has been a development manager in the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (Stakes). His current work links with planning national mental health projects, outlining the European Mental Health Agenda and coordinating the activities of the European Network of Mental Health Policy.

    Vanessa Swan has recently been appointed to the position of regional director of Women's Health at Adelaide Central Community Health Service in Australia, a position she will take up in 1999. She is currently working as a therapist and trainer at Yaletown Family Therapy in Vancouver, Canada.

    Sara Vataja is a child psychiatrist, and has worked in clinical settings in both child and adult psychiatry. She has been involved with various research and development projects linked with solution and resource-oriented approaches. From 1994 she has been the manager of the VAK Project (centre for resource-oriented client work) funded by the Finnish Social Security Institute and based in Helsinki. Currently she is involved with a project funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health that develops telematic applications for the social integration and promotion of mental health.

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