Clinical pluralism

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Clinical pluralism is a term used by some psychotherapists to denote an approach to clinical treatment that would seek to remain respectful towards divergences in meaning-making. It can signify both an undertaking to negotiate theoretical difference between clinicians,[1] and an undertaking to negotiate differences of belief occurring within the therapeutic relationship itself.[2][3][4] While the notion of clinical pluralism is associated with the practice of psychotherapy, similar issues have been raised within the field of medical ethics.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Borden, W. (2009). Reshaping Theory in Contemporary Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism. New York: Columbia University Press.
  2. ^ Basseches, M. (1997). A Developmental Perspective on Psychotherapy Process, Psychotherapists' Expertise, and 'Meaning-Making Conflict' Within Therapeutic Relationships: Part I. Journal of Adult Development, 4(1), 17–33.
  3. ^ Fiscalini, J. (2004). Coparticipant Psychoanalysis: Toward a New Theory of Clinical Inquiry. Columbia University Press.
  4. ^ Brown, R.S. (2016). Spirituality and the Challenge of Clinical Pluralism: Participatory Thinking in Psychotherapeutic Context. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 3.3, 187–195.
  5. ^ Masi, R. (1988). Multiculturalism, Medicine and Health Part 1: Multicultural Health Care. Canadian Family Physician, 34, 2173–2177.
  6. ^ Tilburt, J.C., & Miller, F.G. (2007). Responding to Medical Pluralism in Practice: A Principled Ethical Approach. Journal of the American Board of Family and Medicine, 20.5, 489–494.