Clinical Strategies for Becoming a Master Psychotherapist

Clinical Strategies for Becoming a Master Psychotherapist

1st Edition - January 24, 2006

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  • Editors: William O'Donohue, Nicholas Cummings
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080476568
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780120884162

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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.


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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Art and Science of Psychotherapy
    William O'Donohue, Nicholas Cummings, Janet Cummings
    2. Enhancing Client Motivation to Change
    Paula L. Wilbourne, Eric R. Levensky
    3. The Therapeutic Alliance: Cultivating and Negotiating the Therapeutic Relationship
    Jeremy D. Safran, J. Christopher Muran, Michael Rothman
    4. Narrative Psychotherapy as Effective Story-Making: An Introduction
    Lois Parker
    5. Recognizing and Dealing with Cultural Influences in Psychotherapy
    Melanie P. Duckworth, Tony Iezzi
    6. Effective Understanding and Dealing with Manipulation
    Michael G. Wetter, Jack Wetter
    7. Recognizing and Dealing with Transference
    George Stricker
    8. The Temporal Structure of Therapy: Key Questions often Associated with Different Phases of Sessions and Treatments (Plus Twenty-one Helpful Hints)
    Michael F. Hoyt
    9. Resistance as an Ally in Psychotherapy
    Nicholas A. Cummings
    10. Enhancing Psychotherapy through Appropriate Entry Points
    Nicholas A. Cummings, Janet L. Cummings
    11. Dealing with Feelings of Depression
    Alvin R. Mahrer
    12. Designing and Assigning Effective Homework
    Richard Kamins
    13. Skills Training: How the Master Clinician Understands and Teaches Competencies
    William O'Donohue
    14. Using Tasks in Ericksonian Psychotherapy
    Jeffrey K. Zeig
    15. Using Acceptance in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy
    Christopher R. Matell, David Atkins
    16. Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Goes to Hollywood: The Treatment of Performance Anxiety in Cinema
    Leigh McCullough, Kristin A. R. Osborn
    17. The Importance of Novelty in Psychotherapy
    Brett N. Steenbarger
    18. Interruption Replaces Termination in Focused, Intermittent Psychoterapy throughout the Life Cycle
    Nicholas A. Cummings
    19. Suicidal Patients: The Ultimate Challenge for Master Psychotherapists
    Janet L. Cummings

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: January 24, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080476568
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780120884162

About the Editors

William O'Donohue

William O'Donohue is the Nicholas Cummings Professor of Organized Behavioral Healthcare at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Philosophy. He has authored over 100 articles and chapters and co-edited more than 15 books.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Nicholas Cummings

Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D. is the President of the Foundation for Behavioral Health and Chairman of the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation, Inc. He was the founding CEO of American Biodyne (MedCo/Merck, then Merit, now Magellan Behavioral Care). He is also the former President of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Cummings was the founder of the four campuses of the California School of Professional Psychology, the National Academies of Practice, the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association, and the National Council of Professional Schools of Psychology. He was also the Chief Psychologist (Retired) at Kaiser Permanente. He was the former Executive Director of the Mental Research Institute. Currently, Dr. Cummings is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Janet L. Cummings, PsyD., is President of the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foudation, Inc., and former staff psychologist at American Biodyne (MedCo, now Merit Behavorial Care). She earned her Doctorate at the School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University, 1992.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Chair in Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno; Chair, Board of Directors of The Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, USA President, The Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.

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