9780465009459

Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465009459

  • ISBN10:

    046500945X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/1/1996
  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS

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Summary

Paul, a divorced father, wants to back out of his child care arrangement and spend less time with his children.Nathan has been lying to his wife about a serious medical condition.Marsha, recently separated from her husband, cannot resist telling her children negative things about their father.What is the role of therapy in these situations? Trained to strive for neutrality and to focus strictly on the clients' needs, most therapists generally consider moral issues such as fairness, truthfulness, and obligation beyond their domain. Now, an award-winning psychologist and family therapist criticizes psychotherapy's overemphasis on individual self-interest and calls for a sense of moral responsibility in therapy.

Author Biography

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., is professor and director of the Division of Family Programs in Psychiatry and co-director of Psychosocial Programs in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She lives in Rochester, New York.Jeri Hepworth, Ph.D., is professor, associate residency director, and director of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She lives in Willington, Connecticut. William J. Doherty, Ph.D., is professor of Family Social Science and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Morality in the Practice of Psychotherapyp. 1
The Moral Character of the Therapistp. 113
Postscript Finding a Good Therapist and Creating Moral Communities Among Therapistsp. 181
Referencesp. 191
Indexp. 203
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