The Levels of Analysis Paradigm: A Model for Individual and Systemic Therapy

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Praeger, 1990 - Psychology - 164 pages
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This book is a response to the conceptual crisis in clinical psychology. With over 250 psychotherapies, clinical psychology is a patchquilt that critically needs a theoretical thread to bind the patches together. Skurky proposes a model that views behavior as functioning simultaneously on the individual and systemic levels and provides psychotheraphy with a theoretical foundation. This approach focuses on human behavior as a holistic process and applies systems theory to individual functioning. This book offers some original and excellent ideas that can be a distinct contribution to working with couples and with members of families. These ideas might work well in actual practice and be quite helpful to many marital and family therapies.

" Albert Ellis, President, Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy"

"The Levels of Analysis Paradigm" is this author's response to the conceptual crisis in clinical psychology. With over 250 psychotherapies, clinical psychology is a patchquilt that critically needs a theoretical thread to bind the patches together. The author proposes a model that views behavior as functioning simultaneously on the individual and systemic levels and provides psychotherapy with a theoretical foundation. This approach focuses on human behavior as a holistic process and applies systems theory to individual functioning. The book gives a brief history of clinical psychology as a critique of alternate therapy approaches. The tripartite approach to psychotherapy is then presented together with practical applications and case studies.

This monograph introduces practitioners and theorists to a new approach to clinical psychology . . . a model of individual and systemic therapy. Chapters cover: Conceptual Issues in Clinical Psychology; The Levels of Analysis Paradigm; The Tripartite Model of Individual and Systemic Therapy; Practical Applictions of the Tripartite Model; The Levels of Analysis Paradigm: Further Considerations.

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The Levels of Analysis Paradigm
10
The Tripartite Model of Individual
24
Practical Applications of the Tripartite Model
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THOMAS A. SKURKY is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Fort Lewis College. His specialty is Developmental Clinical Psychology.

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