The SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice is the first major survey of innovations in professional practice emerging from a social constructionist orientation to social science. This key perspective has been unique in its stimulation of pioneering practices over a broad number of professions. This volume offers insights into the latest developments in theory, showcases the range and variations in practical outcomes, while pointing to emerging directions of development. The Handbook focuses on hands-on practices, while offering the theoretical tools for further enriching their application. The authors are leading figures in their fields, including organizational development, therapy, healthcare, education, research, and community building. The volume will be particularly useful for students, scholars, professional practitioners, and change makers from across the globe. PART ONE: Introduction; PART TWO: Research Practices; PART THREE: Practices in Therapeutic Professions; PART FOUR: Practices in Organizational Development; PART FIVE: Practices in Education; PART SIX: Practices in Healthcare; and PART SEVEN: Community Practices.

Narrative Mediation

Narrative Mediation

Narrative mediation
John Winslade Gerald Monk

Human conflict never occurs in a vacuum. Inevitably, it is not just the protagonists who are caught up within a conflictual dynamic. From a constructionist perspective, conflict always arises within a wider socio-cultural frame. Conflict has ripple effects that reach beyond significant others to one's immediate work or social community. Most commonly, problematic dynamics arising within one's wider community get channeled or directed into so-called ‘personality disagreements’. Thus, conflict can be mislabeled as originating from some-intrapsychic process. Many times, individuals caught in a conflict are inadvertently scapegoated because of problems that remain unaddressed by the wider community. In this chapter we will showcase a conflict between individuals where, to a large ...

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