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ERIC Number: EJ818439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0828-3893
Karl Tomm's Collaborative Approaches to Counselling
Strong, Tom; Sutherland, Olga; Couture, Shari; Godard, Greg; Hope, Tom
Canadian Journal of Counselling, v42 n3 p174-191 Jul 2008
Karl Tomm, a Canadian psychiatrist and family counsellor, has been at the forefront of developments in collaborative practice with clients for over 25 years. We situate Dr. Tomm's ideas in relation to counselling, noting some of his important contributions to conceptualizing counsellors' engagement with clients. We will also depict Tomm's innovations as dialogic, suggesting that he looks upon his interactions with clients as co-creating accomplishments in the back and forth of therapeutic interaction. We highlight detailed discursive analyses of his actual interviews with clients, illustrating some conversational practices that further collaborative practice. The article concludes by summarizing Tomm's ideas and conversational practices as they relate to fostering collaborative dialogue with clients. [Abstract presented in both English and French.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada