The Salem Center's mission is to teach, research, and practice psychotherapy in ways that are respectful and accountable to our trainees and clients.
In our training programs and our clinical work, we strive to create dialogues in which all members of a conversation can be in both a speaking and a listening position. Within the dialogic space, we emphasize collaboration by all participants. The faculty and clinicians view ourselves as having some expertise along side the expertise that our students or clients bring to our setting.
We view our trainees and clients as conversational partners, both in a training setting and in clinical work. All of us value the stance of curiosity, and approach our work in genuinely wanting to know and understand another’s perspective. Our work can best be described as:
Conversational, Collaborative, Non-hierarchal, Based on curiosity, Focused on an individual’s strengths and Sensitive to the importance of language and meaning making.
The therapy approaches that currently best fit with our mission and orientation include:
— Narrative Therapy in the tradition of Michael White and Dulwich Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
— Dialogic Therapy in the tradition of Tom Andersen and the Community Institute of Medicine, Tromso, Norway; Peggy Penn and the Ackerman Institute in New York City; and Lynn Hoffman and the Dialogic Center in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
_ Post-Modern in the tradition Evan Longin and the Nathan Ackerman Institute with other family focussed practices.