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The Narratives of Love: Addressing the Issue of Love in a Therapeutic Context— Elena Smith
This paper explores the effect of addressing the issue of love in a therapeutic context. I have no intention of drawing any conclusions about the phenomena of love as such, but I intend to describe what happened when I purposely chose to address the question of love in therapeutic conversations. I was curious to explore these questions: What are people’s stories of love? What are the practices of love in people’s lives? What are the meanings they ascribe to love? And how does a person’s concept of love shape their thoughts and actions?
Deconstructing Love in the Context of Sexual Abuse— Sue Mann
This reflection explores the complex realm of the experiences of women who were subjected to sexual abuse as children. Many of the circumstances of childhood sexual abuse can contribute to considerable confusion about understandings and experiences of love, as abuse often occurs in contexts which are described as loving. In some circumstances the person who has abused has, on occasions, also been loving to the child. This short piece offers some reflections on options for therapists in responding to women in these circumstances.
Different Understandings of Love— Angela Tsun On-kee
What is love? People’s understandings of love and their attempts to find and create it, significantly influence how they live their lives. This short reflection suggests that examining and deconstructing philosophies of love can open up meaningful realms for therapeutic explorations.
Transforming Tragedy: Making New Family— Jeannette Samper
Sometimes, after family tragedies, children show the way forward. In this short reflection, a Colombian therapist describes just such a circumstance.
Honouring Many Relations of Love: Perspectives on Tasmania’s ‘Relationship Act’— compiled by Paul Levett
Due to decades of work by gay and lesbian people, in different parts of the world there is currently much debate about ways of acknowledging lesbian and gay relationships in similar ways to how heterosexual marriage is honoured. In Australia, just as the Federal Government is legislating to ensure that same-sex marriage cannot occur, the State Government of Tasmania has developed a novel approach to acknowledging relationships. This paper explains this approach and also contains a number of speeches given by members of lesbian and gay families in support of the Tasmanian legislation.
Protecting Relationships from the Ongoing Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse— Jussey Verco, David Tully, Geoff Minge
This paper describes ways of working with male partners of women who experienced sexual abuse as children. In response to requests from women, groups were held with male partners to provide information about childhood sexual abuse, to enable the men to speak about ways in which they have tried to support their partners, and to discuss men’s experiences and responses. Opportunities were also created to deconstruct unhelpful or ‘dangerous’ ideas around the complexities of childhood sexual abuse.
Reclaiming Our Knowledge of Our Children: Talking with Children and Parents About Learning Differences— Lynn Tron Dinneen
For families in which a child has a learning difference, broader social discourses about learning, schooling and achievement can so easily disrupt loving relationships. When difficulties are compounded, parents can lose touch with the knowledge they have of their children’s skills. This paper proposes ways of assisting parents to reclaim their knowledge about what is special, unique and precious about their children. This paper was created from an interview with David Denborough, staff writer at Dulwich Centre Publications.
Researching ‘Suicidal Thoughts’ and Archiving Young People’s Insider Knowledges— Marilyn O’Neill
This paper explores the significance of enabling co-research conversations about the effects and tactics of suicidal thoughts, and about effective forms of resistance. It describes one such coresearch project that involved three young people in Sydney, Australia. The ideas that informed the co-research are described and extracts of the young people’s co-research conversations are included.
A Conversation with Angela, Brett and Jess about Suicidal Thoughts, Failure and Resistance
Angela, Brett and Jess each have more than five years of experience of claiming their lives back from powerful negative stories, including stories of abuse, psychosis, depression, addiction, anorexia and mental illness. In the extracts below, these three co-researchers describe some of their encounters with ‘ideas of failure’ and ‘suicidal thoughts’ and convey some of the knowledge they have gained about ways of resisting these ideas and thoughts. Significantly, these three co-researchers provide information that is useful to therapists and health professionals as well as ideas that sustain hope in their own lives.