Introduction to Discursive Research and Discursive Therapies

  • Tom StrongEmail author
  • Olga Smoliak
Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)


We introduce what we mean by discursive research and discursive therapies, highlighting key discursive concepts and methodological similarities, cutting across the relatively recent fields of discursive therapy and discursive research. Highlighting our aim, to promote closer dialogue between discursive researchers and discursive therapies, we examine their shared social constructionist premises through macro- as well as micro-influences on meaningful interaction. By focusing on the critically reflective and generative potentials of discursive therapists and discursive researchers, we suggest possibilities for constructive collaboration. We conclude by introducing the chapters and authors who have contributed to this volume.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Studies in Counselling PsychologyWerklund School of Education, University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of Family Relations and Applied NutritionUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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