Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Poststructuralism in Couple and Family Therapy

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_219-1

The article outlines a new practice of narrative therapy informed Relational Interviewing (RI) with conflicted couple relationships. We begin by locating Relational Interviewing within post-structural ideas and offer a critique (We are using our interpretation of Michel Foucault’s understanding of the word critique, where a critique does not consist in saying that things aren’t good the way they are. A critique consists in seeing on just what type of assumptions, of familiar notions, of established and unexamined ways of thinking the accepted practices are based. To do criticism is to make harder those acts that are now too easy.) as to why Relational Interviewing steps away from popular modern day relationship therapies informed by humanism and individualism.

Relational Interviewing practice methods such as ethical remembering conversations, re-moralizing actions, rites of passage, ethical documents, therapeutic questions, and writing therapeutic letters to the couple relationship are...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Vancouver School for Narrative TherapyVancouverCanada
  2. 2.California State UniversitySacramentoFair OaksUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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