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200 Brief Therapy Tasks is a "toolbox" that offers psychotherapists of all orientations an array of technical resources and practical keys for applying them successfully, whether to families, couples or individuals.
Each task is presented in the form of a sheet, with a series of symbols in the heading to give a quick indication of its fundamental features. There is also a discussion of its indications and contraindications, what to take into account when using it, and its possible variants. Although most of the tasks described in this book are part of the systemic, strategic, solution-focused tradition, exercises are also adapted from hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy and positive psychology.
Mark Beyebach spent eighteen years as head of the Masters Programme in Family Therapy and Systemic Interventions at the Pontificia University of Salamanca, and as a teacher at the University's School of Psychology. Currently, he is co-director of the Postgraduate Course in Brief Systemic Intervention in Family Violence at the University of Girona. A pioneer in Spain in solution focused therapy, he has is the author of over fifty publications on family therapy and brief therapy, including 24 ideas para una psicoterapia breve [24 Ideas for Brief Psychotherapy] and 200 tareas en terapia breve [200 Brief Therapy Tasks] (co-authored with Marga Herrero de Vega).
Marga Herrero de Vega taught at the Faculty of Psychology at the Pontificia University of Salamanca and also in the University's Masters Programme in Family Therapy and Systemic Interventions. She practises privately as a family therapist, is an accreditation supervisor for the Spanish Family Therapy Federation (FEATF), and teaches and lectures on these subjects in Spain and abroad. She is the author of several publications on brief therapy and family therapy, including 200 tareas en terapia breve [200 Brief Therapy Tasks], co-authored with Mark Beyebach.
Ultramodern Family Therapy [Terapia familiar ultramoderna]
This work gives an overview of systemic family therapy, including both the classic view – because it assumes crucial influences in the systemic model's historical background – and a novel exploration, in the sense that these influences are interpreted personally and the conclusions drawn from them constitute an original and, in some ways, unorthodox approach.
Along with some of the author's already-known concepts, like complex love and relationship nutrition, others are presented in orderly form to make up an original mosaic. Thus, a systemic theory of personality appears. While the dysfunctional aspect of this theory is linked to psychological abuse, it also considers the relational bases of psychopathology, seeking to propose therapeutic strategies that are consistent both with these bases and with the personal resources of therapists themselves.
Juan Luis Linares, a psychiatrist and psychologist, is a leading voice on systemic family therapy in the Spanish-speaking world. As a teacher of psychiatry at the Autonóma University of Barcelona and director of the Psychotherapy Unit and Family Therapy School at San Pablo Hospital, he is constantly involved in clinical, teaching and research work. As president of RELATES (the Spanish and Latin American Systemic Schools Network) he coordinates major efforts to consolidate a Latin understanding and way of practising family therapy.
His written works include: Identidad y narrativa. La terapia familiar en la práctica clínica [Identity and narrative. Family therapy in clinical practice], Tras la honorable fachada. Los trastornos depresivos desde una perspectiva relacional [Behind the Honourable Facade. Depressive disorders from a relational perspective], Del abuso y otros desmanes. El maltrato familiar entre la terapia y el control [Abuse and Other Excesses. Domestic abuse, between therapy and control].
Glimpses of Reality [Vislumbres de lo real]
Each religious tradition is the repository of a core of revelation entrusted to it. It gives access to a hint of reality. Without capturing this core, it is impossible to understand the constellation of symbols and beliefs that characterise each religion and emanate from such epicentres. This essay broaches the subject of revelatory experience in humanity's major religious configurations, with the intention of establishing criteria of discernment to assess the quality of such phenomena and manifestations. The author looks at the mystic background of each tradition, noting that all true religious experience has the ability to open up to a greater reality in the three dimensions that constitute the Real, that is, to a greater sense of transcendence, to a subtler and deeper understanding of what is human and to greater respect and reverence for nature.
Javier Melloni (Barcelona, 1962) is a Jesuit, theologian and anthropologist specialising in comparative mysticism and inter-religious dialogue. He is a member of the Justice and Christianity Study Centre in Barcelona and teaches at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia and the Sant Cugat Fundamental Theology Institute. Important examples of his literary output are Vislumbres de lo real [Glimpses of Reality] and El Cristo interior [Christ Within], both published by Herder Editorial.
Nobody’s land [Tierra de nadie]
This book raises a double question: How to think global society to make Earth still remains home for all. On the other hand, how to think global society; how changes in the globalized world affect and challenge to the activity of thinking. To analyze this relationship back and forth between globalization and philosophy, Antonio Campillo uses as thread the concept “Nobody´s land” in many ways and means: the land without owners, the land taken to the people, land in dispute, borders with walls; and finally the human patrimony. The author propose that the planet should be recognize as property of nobody, but patrimony of everyone. In this book, Campillo connects science, politics and ethics.
Antonio Campillo is professor of philosophy in Murcia University. Writer of several books such as: Goodbye progress. A meditation on history (1985), Dialogue Worlds (1986), The Force of Reason. War, State and military science in the Renaissance treated, from Machiavelli to Galileo (1987), Silent reason. A reading of Plotinus Enneads (1990) The invention of the subject (2001), Against the Economy. Essays on Bataille (2001) The great experiment. Essays on the global society (2001) and Variations of human life. A theory of history (2001).
Symbolic issues [Cuestiones simbólicas]
For about two decades, Professor Raimon Arola has endeavored to convey in their classes the importance of symbolic thought, both artistic creation and other cultural and existential domains. This book is a compendium of them and the enriching dialogue with students. In it, there is interesting proposals to develop a living and current symbolic thought. In an era in which the symbolism is fashionable for its exoticism, the author places his study in the academic world, to achieve rigor sometimes nonexistent outside it, but without losing the very creative essence of symbolism. For Arola, symbols are like a secret thread running through and meets the different traditions, so they appear as the unavoidable basis for any intercultural dialogue. The book, which is structured from basic geometric shapes, it is presented as a written and visual speech, with more than 200 pictures that follow the text. Most of the photographs are from Manel Armengol, but also classic images were selected and included in the book, with the intention of rebuild this universal language.
Raimon Arola (Terragona, 1956) Doctor in Art History and Professor in Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona. He is specialized in Religion History and the study of symbolic meaning in art pieces. He has been part of different research groups and is member of the Bibliotheca Mystica et Philosophica Alois M. Haas. He also collaborates in several publications, including Arsqravis, which also directs.
God is ineffable. Learning to invoke him with hope, in postmodern society is the goal of this book. In times where systemic violence is everywhere, the question of the possibility of hope is pretty rare. This is the main thing in Deus Ineffabilis, where the theology sometimes finds interpreters in anthropology and the philosophy of history in the western world, From Hegel and Benjamin to Heidegger, Girard and Agamben. However this problematic admits some really interesting points if it´s analyzed from South, with an anti-systemic view from the power of poor in earth. Hope is a vital, mythical, intellectual and moral bet, all at the same time. Hope is a virtue of the last days, that we live in today, important not only for the religious of any culture but also for those humans that wish a better future. The last and universal hope of release is only possible when someone feels “unconditionally loved for the ineffable otherness that we call God”. How to call him with hope is the objective of this book.
Carlos Mendoza Álvarez (Puebla de los Ángeles, México) he is a Philosopher and Doctor in Theology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He belongs to the spiritual tradition of the Order of Preachers and has oriented its research towards the confluence between the Christian faith and philosophical reason. He teaches philosophy and theology at the Iberoamericana University (Mexico City) since 2001 and has been a visiting professor in Switzerland, New York and Brazil. He is author and editor of almost 25 books, some of them are: Deus Liberans, la revelación cristiana en diálogo con la modernidad (1996) y Deus absconditus. Désir, mémoire et imagination eschatologique (2011) that with the present book are part of the trilogy about the idea of revelation in late modern context.
Pathways of finiteness [Sendas de finitud] Metaphysics only makes sense if it is aware of its finiteness and relativity. This is the premise on which Miquel Seguró starts this book, which examines the relationship between analogy and finite difference. Endorsing the burnout that transmits many of the well-known speculative stories, the author claims the analogy as the best reflection of the human condition and its impact on the management of the "big questions". The work is divided into eight chapters that dialogue with Plato, Thomas Aquinas, Suarez, Tillich and Jaspers, the aim is to get to a universal and no-confessional metaphysic (hermeneutic) open to the approach of the "last" questions. Miquel Seguró (1979) is Doctor in Philosophy by the University Ramon Llull (Barcelona) and degree of Arts from the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He has conducted research at the Università La Sapienza (Rome), P. Gregorian University (Rome) and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (Freiburg). Currently he is a researcher and professor at the Ethos Chair of Ramon Llull University. His main field of research is the history of contemporary philosophy, especially as it relates to issues of metaphysical foundation and its irradiation in ethics and aesthetics.
Sick of corruption [Hartos de corrupción] Sick, We are sick! Tired of so many cases of corruption; tired of the abuse of power; fed up with the enrichment of a few at the expense of the rest; sick of seeing how all this damage our democracy. Sick of corruption, collects the voice of 11 thinkers of our time who wanted to express their thoughts to make this book possible. The initiative for this project is the result of a key moment, when the outrage has given way to weariness and anger. Porque, después de años de crisis, no solamente económica, constatamos que la corrupción sigue practicándose con prepotencia y sin escrúpulos. It is our duty to appeal to human dignity and ask: What's going on? Where does the corruption come from? What to do with each of us in our daily lives? What can we do about it? The word of contemporary writers is complemented by a selection of philosophical texts of reference, which also seek answers to these questions. Because the more perspectives we have and we are more aware of human ambiguity, the more able we are to build a more just and equitable society.
Scene therapy [Escenoterapia] The Scene therapy uses acting for therapeutic and educational purposes. Role play, allows you to ease into your conflicts. As the viewer surrendered without fear of psychological processes that occur on stage or on screen, or as the child interacts with reality by playing, dramatization also plays a role of speech, self-awareness and settling disputes and latent fears. The theater can have a therapeutic function, even preventive, by staging something like a dream or a game, through which processes of projection and reintrojection dissociated aspects of personality are stimulated, thus facilitating personal integration and emotional maturation. The fact that you can represent your suffering and turn it to a “piece of art”, you can help reduce anxieties and regain the creative capabilities, giving a unifying coherence to the diversity of characters that make up our self. The Scene Therapy can be applied to any area of care relationship that seeks to integrate the complexity of the person. This book exposes deep and affordably theoretical and practical bases of Scene therapy, especially applied to children, adolescents and youth. The book has plenty of examples for the activities. Victor Cabré, Doctor of Psychology and professor of the Faculty of Psychology, Education Sciences i l'Esport Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull (URL), also works as a psychotherapist for adults, adolescents and group in the Psychological Medical Center Vidal i Barraquer Foundation. He performs its main task in the Fundació Vidal i Barraquer as a specialist in clinical psychology and director of the Department of Teaching and the lead researcher of Scene Therapy Research Group of the University Institute of Mental Health. He is also director of the Mental Health collection of Herder.
Encounter Groups in Gestalt therapy[Grupos de encuentro en terapia Gestalt]
This work involves the extension of Gestalt therapy, in which the author introduced the basics of this therapy and included some applications focused primarily on the therapeutic encounter individually. Here Castanedo explores the theoretical roots of Gestalt and individual accents while the group gestalt psychotherapy interventions. This is the product of years of professional participation in conferences, courses and conferences, and workshops, both therapeutic and training in different countries and institutions. This fourth edition, revised and expanded, includes, among other information, a new chapter on monitoring Gestalt therapists in training.
Celedonio Castanedo (Santander, 1935) Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montreal (Canada), doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Laval (Canada) and doctorate in Educational and Developmental Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is professor in the last one, and also teaches in UACA, from Costa Rica, and some other universities form Mexico. Director and founder of the Gestalt Institute Contact Empathy, is author, among others, the following works: Mental deficiency: theoretical aspects and treatment (1982) Gestalt Therapy: focus centered in the here and now (1983), Educational values of teachers (1992) Psychoeducational bases for special education (2000), American humanistic psychology (2005), Dreams in Gestalt Therapy (2008), Six psychotherapeutic approaches (2008), Diagnosis, Intervention and Research in humanistic psychology (2011).
The Church of the poor in the Second Vatican Council [La Iglesia de los pobres en el Concilio Vaticano II]
The issue of poverty has had a poor reception in the post-conciliar Church, especially in the context of the first Western world. Often, the "Church of the poor" concept has been negatively associated with Marxism and has moved the event reconcile the Theology of liberation. However, we cannot talk about lack of sensitivity to poverty by the Council, as their passages are quite explicit about it. With the serenity that gives the elapsed time, the author presents and evaluates the conciliar texts and debates on the issue that, rescued from oblivion can become key to the Church of the twenty-first century. It also stimulates the fact of being in another ecclesial stage, marked by the pontificate of Pope Francis, who, with their genuine gestures and with your own choice of name, has highlighted the ecclesial urgency of the issue that the reader has in his hands.
Joan Planellas i Barnosell (1955) is a priest of the diocese of Girona and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is vice dean and professor of Systematic Theology Faculty of Theology of Catalonia, where he teaches subjects Mystery of God and Ecclesiology. Also teaches at the Higher Institute of Theology of Religion Science of Girona.
Since its inception in 1955, the Latin American and Caribbean Episcopal Council (CELAM) brings together the Catholic bishops of the region. In addition to the regular meeting, held every four years, it has so far held five general conferences, the last one in 2007, in Aparecida, a city in the interior of the Brazilian state of São Paulo. At the conference, in which the then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio played an important role as rapporteur, was staged what some called conciliar process. Years later, during the celebration of World Youth Day (WYD) in July 2013 in Rio, Pope Francisco returned to visit the Sanctuary of Aparecida and the act stood there and took place as a key reference for all Church. The aim is to uncover certain threads that connect the Second Vatican Council, the process of the Conference of Aparecida, the new pontificate Francisco after the resignation of Benedict XVI and the future of the conciliar process in Church. Starting from a localized experience in a continent, but with roots, trunk and branches universal, we will find that its projection to other latitudes could purify and renew the heart of the Church and make the institution returns to its origins.
Emilia Robles Bohórquez studied Pastoral Theology and Psychology. She is an expert in religious fact, Gestalt, systemic interventions, mediation and social communication. She was a professor of Religion from 1991 to 1995. Between 1999 and 2007 he worked in educational institutions, as a mediator and consultant. Since 2002 he is coordinator of Proconcil, in initiative in favor of a reconciliation process. He has translated and edited El altar vacío y Equipos de ministros ordenados of Fritz Lobinger.