The Coming Of Creative Confluence In Therapeutic Practice

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Winter 2000

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In recent decades we have witnessed a broad convergence among therapeutic schools toward a common concern with human meaning. This concern first centered on individual subjectivity, but more recently shifted to meaning within relationship. At the same time, this latter move, often identified as social constructionist, questions the possibility of rational or empirical foundations for practice. With this shift in emphasis toward pluralism and collaboration, the door opened to a broader array of therapeutic possibilities. In a first wave are therapies expanded to include political, spiritual, and bodily concerns. However, the ultimate direction is toward creative confluence, in which therapists draw from multiple domains of cultural life to create unique combinations of treatment activity. While holding enormous promise, such a condition may also be perilous to the profession.

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