Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Andersen, Tom

  • Elena FernándezEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_831-1

Name

Tom Andersen Ph.D. (19362007)

Introduction

Tom Andersen was a Norwegian psychiatrist, Professor of Social Psychiatry at the Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway, and he is recognized worldwide for the contribution that, with his colleagues, led him to the development of the Reflecting Team (RT). The RT is an approach that offers to the consultant a pluralistic view of meaning by inviting numerous interpretations rather than a correct view of what is happening to them. Tom Andersen was an inspiration both for the Norwegian Family Therapy Association and the International Family Therapy Association. He was a Board member of the Taos Institute.

Career

Tom Andersen started as a psychiatrist, but he was attracted to the ideas of Family Therapy that were critical of orthodox psychiatry. He disliked labels and to treat people as such. He and his colleagues were influenced by the ideas of Gregory Bateson, the physiotherapist Aadel Bülow-Hansen, Jay Haley,...

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References

  1. Andersen, T. (1987). The reflecting team: Dialogue and meta-dialogue in clinical work. Family Process, 26, 415–428.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Key Citations

  1. Andersen, T. (Ed.). (1991). The reflecting team, dialogues and dialogues about the dialogues. London: Norton.Google Scholar
  2. Andersen, T. (1987). The reflecting team: Dialogue and meta-dialogue in clinical work. Family Process, 26, 415–428.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Andersen, T. (1989). Back and forth and beyond. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 10, 75–76.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Andersen, T. (1992a). Reflections on reflecting with families. In S. McNamee & K. J. Gergen (Eds.), Therapy as a social construction (pp. 54–68). Newbury Park: Sage.Google Scholar
  5. Andersen, T. (1992b). Relationship, language and pre-understanding in the reflecting processes. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 13, 87–91.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Andersen, T. (1993). See and hear, and be seen and heard. In S. Friedman (Ed.), The new language of change: Constructive collaboration in psychotherapy (pp. 303–322). New York: Guildford Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
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  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico