Deadly Therapy : Lessons in Liveliness from Theater and Performance Theory
Deadly Therapy explores the implications of a dramaturgical approach to the therapy encounter and uses lessons from the theater to illustrate how to enliven psychotherapy. Every psychotherapy is an interpersonal system in which power and privilege lead to self-serving rules and categories that marginalize aspects of the system that are out of step with the "party line." Performance theory-encompassing audience engagement, dramaturgy, gender studies, power and privilege dynamics, critical thinking, and multiculturalism-has much to teach about subverting party lines and empowering the stigmatized and voiceless aspects of therapy and supervisory systems.
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- Hardback | 224 pages
- 169 x 244 x 21mm | 531g
- 30 Jun 2008
- Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Northvale NJ, United States
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Table of contents
Chapter 1 Lessons from Deadly Theater Chapter 2 Lessons from Performance Theory Chapter 3 What Am I Doing to Irma? Chapter 4 Status Games Chapter 5 Gender Is Something We Do, Not Something We Are Chapter 6 Deadly Multiculturalism Chapter 7 Therapeutic Privilege Chapter 8 Is Science Just Another Party Line? Chapter 9 Critical Thinking About Critical Thinking Chapter 10 Applying Theory to the Therapy (and Not Just to the Patient's Life) Chapter 11 Deadly Supervision Chapter 12 Fourteen Things We Can Do to Make Our Therapies Livelier Chapter 13 References Chapter 14 Index
Michael Karson provides a fresh way of looking at psychotherapy and theater, with lessons for each. The emphasis on 'lively theater' speaks to both the actor and the therapist within me, permiting me a new sense of integration. The theater metaphor offers a visualization of the different levels of conceptualizing psychotherapy that is clear and understandable. -- Roy W. Jarnecke, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, Behavioral Healthcare of Fredericksburg; Board of Directors, Stage Door Productions, Fredericksb Warning: this book may induce anxiety in therapists grown accustomed to rigid how-to manuals. In Deadly Therapy, Michael Karson parallels theatre's tradition of questioning political power structures by grappling with contemporary psychological assumptions about the client-therapist relationship, gender and multicultural influences, and the truth of authenticity, among other issues at the crux of psychotherapy. Scarcely should therapists put down this critical treatise without experiencing a deeply personal challenge: to listen by attending to nuance, question self-inflexibility, be open to diversified language and approach, and, therein, to enliven as if on stage the immediate moment of therapeutic space. -- Audrey K. Miller PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Sam Houston State University
About Michael Karson
Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., is clinical associate professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Prior to that he practiced psychotherapy and consulted in the child welfare system for 25 years in Massachusetts. He is the author of Using Early Memories in Psychotherapy: Roadmaps to Presenting Problems and Treatment Impasses, Patterns of Child Abuse: How Dysfunctional Transactions are Replicated in Individuals, Families and the Child Welfare System and the senior author of 16PF Interpretation in Clinical Practice: A Guide to the Fifth Edition.