Title

COGNITIVE THERAPY AND THEORIES OF KNOWING - A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONIST VIEW

Authors

WJ LYDDON

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-1995

Department

Psychology

Abstract

It is argued that current theory and practice of cognitive therapy are encapsulated by a set of epistemic values that assign causative primacy for psychological problems to the cognitive processes of the individual knower. Social constructionism represents an alternative to this state of affairs by underscoring the inextricable connection between the personal and the social, challenging the merit of decontextualized accounts of psychological problems, and identifying empowerment a!ld social change as viable therapeutic options.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT

Volume

73

Issue

6

First Page

579

Last Page

585