Abstract

Postmodern and critical theories have become important theoretical paradigms encouraging therapists to honor diversity and combat oppressive social structures and practices. However, at times, these two paradigms have been thought to position therapists in contradictory ways, with critical models advocating for activism and postmodern models encouraging pluralism. In many ways, these two therapeutic positions have come to characterize two distinct ways of conceptualizing therapist roles, with little conversation about how to embrace both stances in clinical practice. Through a grounded theory analysis, fifteen family therapists known for working within postmodern and critical paradigms shared with us how they navigate between positions of activism and pluralism in clinical practice. We found that therapists described their work in similar ways, engaging in a set of shared constructionist practices: therapist transparency, Inquiry as intervention, and staying experience near, and also employed therapeutic activism in different ways, with counter activism and collaborative activism representing two distinct stances.

Keywords: postmodernism, critical theory, collaborative activism, social justice

LLU Discipline

Marital and Family Therapy

Department

Marital and Family Therapy

School

School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Knudson-Martin, Carmen

Second Advisor

Huenergardt, Douglas

Third Advisor

Oloo, Winetta Baker

Fourth Advisor

Tuttle, Amy

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Level

Ph.D.

Year Degree Awarded

2014

Date (Title Page)

6-2014

Language

English

Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Postmodernism, Family Psychotherapy; Family Therapy; Psychoanalytic Interpretation; Psychological Theory; Self-Assessment

Subject - Local

Collaborative Activism, Social Justice, Critical Theory, Family Therapy; Activism; Therapist Transparency

Type

Dissertation

Page Count

144

Digital Format

PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

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