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Mary Catherine Bateson, 'With A Daughter's Eye', William Morrow and Company, 1984

Wendel Ray, in 'Evolving Brief Therapies: In Honour of John H Weakland' (Wendel Ray and Steve de Shazer, eds), Giest & Russell, 1999.

Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson, 'Pygmalion in the Classroom', Irvington, 1968 (expanded 1992)

Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, 'The Brief Therapy Tradition', in 'Propagations: Thirty Years of Influence from the Mental Research Institute (John Weakland and Wendel Ray, editors), The Haworth Press

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Paul Watzlawick, John Weakland and Richard Fisch, 'Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution', Norton, 1974

This is a key point in the writing on change - practical steps towards taking an interactional view and understanding instances of spontaneous change occurring in situations which appear hopeless.
Paul Watzlawick and John Weakland (eds), 'The Interactional View', Norton 1977

Solution Focused and other Brief Therapy

Insoo Kim Berg and Peter de Jong. 'Interviewing for Solutions', Brooks/Cole 1998

Brian Cade and Bill O'Hanlon, 'A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy', Norton, 1993

Jenny Clarke, 'Occam's Razor as a Therapuetic Tool', Dissertation, National College of Hypnotherapy 1994
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Complexity Science and Interactions

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M Mitchell Waldrop, 'Complexity', Viking, 1993

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Meredith Belbin, 'Management Teams: Why They Succeed Or Fail', Butterworth Heinemann, 1981

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Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton, 'Now, Find Your Strengths', Simon and Schuster, 2001

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Paul Z Jackson, 'Impro Learning', Gower 1998

Martin Seligman, 'Learned Optimism', Random House, 1991

Peter Senge, 'The Fifth Discipline', Century, 1990

Appreciative Inquiry

David Cooperrider, Peter Sorensen, Diana Whitney and Therese Yaeger, 'Appreciative Inquiry: Rethinking Human Organization Toward a Positive Theory of Change', Stipes, 1999

Sue Annis Hammond and Cathy Royal (eds), 'Lessons from the Field - Applying Appreciative Inquiry', Practical Press, 1998


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