Different theories of psychotherapy frame the nature of our lives and their transformation in quite different terms, and accordingly suggest a wide variety of practices for the creative clinician.  As an approach that has deeply humanistic roots as well as a capacity to integrate with cognitive behavioral, systemic and discursive traditions to therapy, constructivism encourages attention to intervening in meaning as well as action, and brings to bear a wide variety of narrative, reflective and expressive change processes in this effort.  Using videos of actual therapy, live demonstrations and frequent experiential exercises, we will study:

  • alternative forms of psychological inquiry that complement standard psychology and draw on creative forms of writing


  • lifestyle construction, engaging clients' deep themes that seek expression in meaningful relationships and careers


  • personal construct theory, the original constructivist therapy, which uses imaginative enactment procedures to experiment with new identities


  • emotion focused therapy, which uses evocative experiential work to reconstruct emotion schemas


  • narrative therapy, with its concern to resist problem-saturated accounts of client identities and free them to seek preferred alternatives


  • coherence therapy, which helps clients unlock the hidden commitments that sustain familiar symptoms and struggles



What you should know

Class schedule:
Monday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Spring 2016

Room:
208 Psychology, U Memphis

Instructor:
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD
neimeyer@memphis.edu

Teaching Assistant:
Jamison Bottomley 
jsbttmly@memphis.edu

Constructivist Psychotherapies  (Psych 7434/8434)


Intervening in meaning