Essential Psychotherapies, Third Edition Theory and Practice

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-10-01
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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The leading survey text for basic psychotherapy courses, this book offers authoritative, engaging presentations of the 12 most important forms of psychotherapy practiced today. Prominent experts cover traditional treatments as well as influential models that have been developed relatively recently, giving students and practitioners a solid grasp of foundational theories, techniques, and research. Each chapter follows a common set of organizational guidelines; features illustrative vignettes and a full case example; and concludes with readings and resources to guide further study.
New to This Edition
*Incorporates the latest clinical developments and research.
*Chapter on "third-wave" behavior therapies.
*Each chapter has expanded discussions of the role of the therapeutic relationship and the use of evidence-based practices.
*Concise chapters make the book even more instructor and student friendly.


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

1. Contemporary Issues in Psychotherapy Theory, Practice, and Research: A Framework for Comparative Study, Stanley B. Messer and Alan S. Gurman
2. Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, David L. Wolitzky
3. Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Rebecca Coleman Curtis and Irwin Hirsch
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
7. Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Related Experiential Approaches, Arthur C. Bohart and Jeanne C. Watson
8. Existential–Humanistic Psychotherapies, Kirk J. Schneider
9. Family Therapies, Nadine J. Kaslow, Jeshmin Bhaju, and Marianne P. Celano
10. Couple Therapies, Alan S. Gurman
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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