Clinical Strategies for Becoming a Master Psychotherapist book cover

Clinical Strategies for Becoming a Master Psychotherapist

The best health practices are a synthesis of science and art. Surgery is a case in point. Although all competent surgeons follow scientific protocols, the best surgeons are masters of the art of surgery and produce better outcomes: e.g., smaller incisions; lower mortality rates. Psychotherapists are in exactly the same position. Psychotherapy is both a science and an art. There are excellent resources that convey information about empirically supported practices — the science of psychotherapy. However, this scientific information is incomplete in two important ways. It does not cover key matters that come up in psychotherapy (e.g., building a therapeutic relationship, resistance, termination), and it often does not fully cover the "art" of implementing these techniques, the nuances, the creative ways, the problem solving strategies when difficulties arise. This book is an attempt to have high profile, expert, "master" therapists discuss the art of handling these key issues.

Audience
This book will be useful both as a basic text for all mental health professions and useful to practitioners as this book covers the key difficulties that practicing clinicians face every day in their practices.

Paperback, 368 Pages

Published: January 2006

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-088416-2

Contents

  • 1. The Art and Science of PsychotherapyWilliam O'Donohue, Nicholas Cummings, Janet Cummings2. Enhancing Client Motivation to ChangePaula L. Wilbourne, Eric R. Levensky3. The Therapeutic Alliance: Cultivating and Negotiating the Therapeutic RelationshipJeremy D. Safran, J. Christopher Muran, Michael Rothman4. Narrative Psychotherapy as Effective Story-Making: An IntroductionLois Parker5. Recognizing and Dealing with Cultural Influences in PsychotherapyMelanie P. Duckworth, Tony Iezzi6. Effective Understanding and Dealing with ManipulationMichael G. Wetter, Jack Wetter7. Recognizing and Dealing with TransferenceGeorge Stricker8. The Temporal Structure of Therapy: Key Questions often Associated with Different Phases of Sessions and Treatments (Plus Twenty-one Helpful Hints)Michael F. Hoyt9. Resistance as an Ally in PsychotherapyNicholas A. Cummings10. Enhancing Psychotherapy through Appropriate Entry PointsNicholas A. Cummings, Janet L. Cummings11. Dealing with Feelings of DepressionAlvin R. Mahrer12. Designing and Assigning Effective HomeworkRichard Kamins13. Skills Training: How the Master Clinician Understands and Teaches CompetenciesWilliam O'Donohue14. Using Tasks in Ericksonian PsychotherapyJeffrey K. Zeig15. Using Acceptance in Integrative Behavioral Couple TherapyChristopher R. Matell, David Atkins16. Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Goes to Hollywood: The Treatment of Performance Anxiety in CinemaLeigh McCullough, Kristin A. R. Osborn17. The Importance of Novelty in PsychotherapyBrett N. Steenbarger18. Interruption Replaces Termination in Focused, Intermittent Psychoterapy throughout the Life CycleNicholas A. Cummings19. Suicidal Patients: The Ultimate Challenge for Master PsychotherapistsJanet L. Cummings

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