Clinical Strategies for Becoming a Master Psychotherapist

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William O'Donohue, Nicholas A. Cummings
Elsevier, Apr 1, 2006 - Psychology - 368 pages
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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.

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Chapter 01 The Art and Science of Psychotherapy
Chapter 02 Enhancing Client Motivation to Change
Cultivating and Negotiating the Therapeutic Relationship
An Introduction
Chapter 05 Recognizing and Dealing with Cultural Influences in Psychotherapy
Chapter 06 Effective Understanding and Dealing with Manipulation
Chapter 07 Recognizing and Dealing with Transference
Key Questions Often Associated with Different Phases of Sessions and Treatments Plus Twentyone Helpful Hints
Chapter 12 Designing and Assigning Effective Homework
How the Master Clinician Understands and Teaches Competencies
Chapter 14 Using Tasks in Ericksonian Psychotherapy
Chapter 15 Using Acceptance in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy
The Treatment of Performance Anxiety in Cinema
Chapter 17 The Importance of Novelty in Psychotherapy
Chapter 18 Interruption Replaces Termination in Focused Intermittent Psychotherapy throughout the Life Cycle
The Ultimate Challenge for Master Psychotherapists

Chapter 09 Resistance as an Ally in Psychotherapy
Chapter 10 Enhancing Psychotherapy through Appropriate entry points
Chapter 11 Dealing with Feelings of Depression
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William O'Donohue is the Nicholas Cummings Professor of Organized Behavioral Healthcare at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Philosophy. He has authored over 100 articles and chapters and co-edited more than 15 books.

Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D. is the President of the Foundation for Behavioral Health and Chairman of the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation, Inc. He was the founding CEO of American Biodyne (MedCo/Merck, then Merit, now Magellan Behavioral Care). He is also the former President of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Cummings was the founder of the four campuses of the California School of Professional Psychology, the National Academies of Practice, the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association, and the National Council of Professional Schools of Psychology. He was also the Chief Psychologist (Retired) at Kaiser Permanente. He was the former Executive Director of the Mental Research Institute. Currently, Dr. Cummings is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Janet L. Cummings, PsyD., is President of the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foudation, Inc., and former staff psychologist at American Biodyne (MedCo, now Merit Behavorial Care). She earned her Doctorate at the School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University, 1992.

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