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Comprehensive and user - friendly, this widely adopted text presents systematic expositions of the 12 most important forms of psychotherapy being practiced today. Covering traditional treatments as well as influential models that have been developed relatively recently, the volume gives students and practitioners a solid grasp of foundational theories and methods. Eminent authorities describe their respective models in unusually coherent chapters to facilitate easy comparison of basic theoretical and practical concerns. Each chapter also includes a detailed case illustration that brings key concepts to life.

Author Biography

Stanley B. Messer, PhD, is Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he was Chairperson of the Department of Clinical Psychology for 9 years. He is interested in the application of psychodynamic theory and research to the brief and integrative therapies and has contributed to the debate on evidence-based practice. The author or editor of a number of books and many articles and book chapters, Dr. Messer is currently Associate Editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy and serves on several other editorial boards. He is an American Psychological Association Fellow in the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and the Division of Psychotherapy. Dr. Messer maintains a private practice in Highland Park, New Jersey. Alan S. Gurman, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he has edited and written many influential books; is a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and is former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman has received numerous awards for his contributions to couple and family therapy, including the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He is also a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION 1. Contemporary Issues in Psychotherapy Theory, Practice, and Research: A Framework for Comparative Study, Stanley B. Messer and Alan S. Gurman II. PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACHES 2. Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, David L. Wolitzky 3. Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Rebecca Coleman Curtis and Irwin Hirsch III. BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE APPROACHES 4. Behavior Therapy: Traditional Approaches, Martin M. Antony and Lizabeth Roemer 5. Cognitive Therapy, Kimberly A. Dienes, Susan Torres-Harding, Mark A. Reinecke, Arthur Freeman, and Ann Sauer 6. Behavior Therapy: Functional–Contextual Approaches, William C. Follette and Glenn M. Callaghan IV. EXPERIENTIAL AND HUMANISTIC APPROACHES 7. Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Related Experiential Approaches, Arthur C. Bohart and Jeanne C. Watson 8. Existential–Humanistic Psychotherapies, Kirk J. Schneider VI. SYSTEMS-ORIENTED APPROACHES 9. Family Therapies, Nadine J. Kaslow, Jeshmin Bhaju, and Marianne P. Celano 10. Couple Therapies, Alan S. Gurman VII. OTHER INFLUENTIAL MODELS OF THERAPEUTIC PRACTICE 11. Brief Psychotherapies, Michael F. Hoyt 12. Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy, George Stricker and Jerry Gold 13. Group Psychotherapies, Virginia Brabender

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