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The Collaborative Language-Based Models of Family Therapy: When Less Is More

WithAnne Rambo, Tommie Boyd

In this chapter, we will discuss collaborative family therapy (Anderson & Gehart, 2007), solution-focused family therapy (including solution oriented) (Kim, 2014a; de Shazer, 1985), and narrative family therapy (Madigan, 2010; White & Epston, 1990), along with their integration in the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (Duncan, 2013). Together, these models of family therapy are considered the collaborative language-based models of family therapy. They are also sometimes called postmodern (Anderson, 1997) or social constructionist models (Hoyt, 1994a), because they posit that agreed-upon cultural realities develop through conversation and that different individuals and cultural groups may perceive reality very differently. Therapists working in these models consider all possible points of view and do not assume there is one “correct” reality.