Relational Therapy: Constructivist Principles to Guide Diversity Practice

Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)


This chapter argues for the synergy between principles of relational therapy and the ontology of qualitative research methods. Specifically, both qualitative research and relational therapy call on both the professional and the subject or client for self-exploration to understand diverse populations and the theory that informs their assessment process.

Methods from four qualitative research traditions, ethnography, phenomenology and hermeneutics, grounded theory, and heuristics were reviewed to construct a Bricolage that relational therapists could draw on to learn more about the cultural experiences of their clients.


Qualitative Research Cultural Competence Relational Therapist Ethnographic Study Diversity Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Silberman School of Social WorkHunter College, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Graduate Center of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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