Integrative Community Therapy

Constructing Possibilities in Community Contexts through Dialogue and Shared Knowledge


This article presents community therapy as a post-modern conversational practice inspired by Appreciative Inquiry. Organized as a dialogical and collaborative conversation, it is oriented by the concept of social construction of identities and ways of living. It emphasizes the richness of lived experiences and the construction of possibilities together.


Author: Marilene Grandesso

Marilene is a psychologist, family and couples psychotherapist and community therapist as well as supervisor of the family and couples therapy training course at Catholic University, São Paulo. She is founder and chair of INTERFACI – Family, Community, Couple and Individual Therapy Institute in São Paulo, and author or editor of numerous books and articles. E:

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