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Principles of Psychotherapy: Promoting Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Practice

Principles of Psychotherapy: Promoting Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Practice
Author: Irving B. Weiner - Robert F. Bornstein
ISBN 13: 9780470124659
ISBN 10: 470124652
Edition: 3
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2009-03-09
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 386
List Price: $85.00

A complete and authoritative guide to conducting effective psychotherapy

Now in a new Third Edition, this landmark text has been completely updated and revised, addressing the full range of basic issues in psychotherapy combined with a complete survey of its elements, processes, current treatment techniques, and phases.

Writing with eloquent simplicity and citing hundreds of contemporary sources, Irving Weinerand Robert Bornstein present conceptual and empirical foundations and offer helpful case examples that illustrate vividly what a therapist might say and do in various circumstances.

The authors use their vast experience as psychotherapists to bring new features to the Third Edition, including:

  • Increased coverage of short-term therapy
  • Coverage of new key practices, including issues of confidentiality and ethics, working with managed care, and recognizing liability
  • Multicultural and therapeutic considerations in working with patients from diverse ethnic and sociocultural backgrounds
  • The nature and current status of empirically supported therapies and evidence-based practice
  • Differentiation among a broad range of psychodynamic perspectives as well as some current interpretive approaches
  • A two-part case study that illustrates many of the concepts and principles discussed, including review of background history, clinical evaluation, treatment planning, and a description of the course of twice-weekly psychotherapy with an annotated verbatim transcript of a complete session which took place shortly before termination

Steeped in the latest research and attentive to practical concerns of the day, this new edition should be required reading for all therapists and therapists-in-training.

Mary I. Daly

This book provides a thorough overview of the primary purposes and goals of psychotherapy, with careful delineation of the principles and theory that guide the practice of psychotherapy. It begins with a general section on psychotherapy and a discussion of the important link between clinical practice and research. The second section focuses on establishing the therapeutic relationship; the third section addresses modes of communication that facilitate change. The fourth section reviews issues in termination.. The primary purpose is to lay out universal principles of psychotherapy. A second goal is to integrate up-to-date clinical research findings into a discussion of clinical practice. This book also incorporates information on managed care and brief treatment, emerging ethical concerns, and multicultural issues. The editor achieves his purposes. In clear and concise chapters, he systematically introduces the reader to the practice of psychotherapy and discusses relevant clinical and research data. The discussion is targeted at psychotherapists with backgrounds in psychology, social work, psychiatry, and counseling. Advanced clinicians will appreciate the wealth of references and the careful integration of theory, practice, and research data. Students and educators can find an organized discussion of the basics of psychotherapy with a thoughtful discussion of the principles of psychotherapy practice. This book includes a careful introduction to the theory and practice of psychotherapy. The four well organized sections detail the principles for handling the beginning, middle, and termination phases of psychotherapy. The editor highlights normative and unusual circumstances,such as voluntary and forced termination, and discusses relevant research studies. He grounds his text in a psychodynamic framework, but he infers that his general principles of psychotherapy can be applied to any theoretical model. In doing so, he avoids a full discussion of how theory generates varying guidelines of practice. For example, the editor seems to assume that all readers use the concept of transference. This comprehensive, well-organized text guides the reader into a clear overview of the practice of psychotherapy. For students of psychodynamic theories, the book provides an introduction to both the purpose and practice of clinical work, and fosters critical thought by incorporating data from clinical research. Educators and experienced clinicians are challenged to integrate theory and practice in light of research and are helped to think more systematically about their approach to psychotherapy from a psychodynamic perspective. In a modern milieu where various techniques and theories of therapy are hotly debated, this second edition reminds the reader that there are underlying constants which greatly influence the overall success of any school of psychotherapy, and that clinical research continues to be an important resource for improving the quality of psychotherapy.