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.
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.
1. The Art and Science of PsychotherapyWilliam O'Donohue, Nicholas Cummings, Janet Cummings 2. Enhancing Client Motivation to ChangePaula 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 PsychotherapyMelanie P. Duckworth, Tony Iezzi 6. Effective Understanding and Dealing with ManipulationMichael G. Wetter, Jack Wetter 7. Recognizing and Dealing with TransferenceGeorge 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 PsychotherapyNicholas A. Cummings 10. Enhancing Psychotherapy through Appropriate Entry PointsNicholas A. Cummings, Janet L. Cummings 11. Dealing with Feelings of Depression Alvin R. Mahrer 12. Designing and Assigning Effective HomeworkRichard Kamins 13. Skills Training: How the Master Clinician Understands and Teaches CompetenciesWilliam O'Donohue 14. Using Tasks in Ericksonian PsychotherapyJeffrey K. Zeig 15. Using Acceptance in Integrative Behavioral Couple TherapyChristopher R. Matell, David Atkins 16. Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Goes to Hollywood: The Treatment of Performance Anxiety in CinemaLeigh McCullough, Kristin A. R. Osborn 17. The Importance of Novelty in PsychotherapyBrett N. Steenbarger 18. Interruption Replaces Termination in Focused, Intermittent Psychoterapy throughout the Life CycleNicholas A. Cummings 19. Suicidal Patients: The Ultimate Challenge for Master PsychotherapistsJanet L. Cummings