A Dialogue about Dialogical Practices

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Length: 21 minutes

Nick Luchetti, MS and Daniel Mackler, LCSW

Psychotherapeutic approaches to treating psychosis largely rely on conversation to effect change. Many conversational treatments focus on techniques of verbal analysis and interpretation. However, approaches that emphasize the benefits of genuine dialogue appear to elicit other therapeutic conversational possibilities. This discussion explores some of the philosophical principles that inform dialogical practices and subvert many of the assumptions of non-dialogical conversational approaches. We pay particular attention to the ways in which the mutuality required for genuine dialogue can remedy the therapeutic arrogance and aggression that can lurk beneath the surface of less mutual conversational approaches.

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