Between Conviction and Uncertainty: Philosophical Guidelines for the Practicing Psychotherapist
At a time when scores of seemingly incompatible theories and methods are competing for ascendancy in psychotherapy, one could argue that the crucial intellectual and moral dilemmas of this field are largely philosophical in nature. Yet most psychotherapists are never formally exposed to philosophical thinking during their training years or subsequent careers. Between Conviction and Uncertainty: Philosophical Guidelines for the Practicing Psychotherapist makes a significant contribution by bridging this gap. Jerry Downing examines and clarifies the philosophical context -- epistemological, scientific, moral -- within which psychotherapy functions. He demonstrates the necessity of a maintaining creative tension -- a dialectic -- between conviction and uncertainty in the work of the therapist and, more importantly, he explores in depth how this might be done. Further, he presents these sometimes complex ideas in prose that is truly reader-friendly. This book should appeal to all practitioners, supervisors, and students/trainees who find value in reflecting on the nature of psychotherapeutic practice, as well as to readers with theoretical or philosophical interests in psychotherapy.
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Psychologist Downing (counseling, Univ. of San Francisco) has an impressive grasp of contemporary philosophy as applied to psychotherapy, the ability to teach what he knows, and an admirable ... Read full review
Challenges from the Psychotherapy Literature What Do Therapists Know?
The Proliferation of Therapeutic Theories and Methods
Historical and Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy
The Empirical Literature on Psychotherapy
Subjective Factors in Theory Construction Selection and Use
Moral and Political Dimensions of Therapy Practice
Summary and Conclusions
Philosophical Assumptions as Lived Modes of Knowing
Toward the Integration of Philosophy and Lived Experience
A Framework for Lived Modes of Knowing
Lived Modes of Knowing in the Therapists Experience
The Realist Mode of Knowing
The Representational Mode of Knowing
The Perspectival Mode of Knowing
Challenges from Philosophy What Can Therapists Know?
Relevant Philosophical Terms and Trends
A Formulation and Review of Philosophical Positions
Postmodernist Implications for Nihilism and Relativism
The Revelatory and Restrictive Functions of Psychotherapeutic Theories
Kuhns History and Philosophy of Science as Psychology
Comparisons to the Theories of George Kelly and Carl Rogers
A Theory about Human Theories
The Range of Philosophical Assumptions in Psychotherapeutic Theories
Does the ObjectivistConstructivist Contrast Apply to Theories TheoristsTherapists or Therapeutic Practices?
What Are the Varieties of Constructivism in Contemporary Psychotherapy?
How Does the ObjectivistConstructivist Contrast Relate to Subjectivism and Transpersonalism?
The Dialogical Mode of Knowing
The Critical Mode of Knowing
The Nihilistic Mode of Knowing
Implications for Practice Toward a Morally Situated Psychotherapy
MPD and Satanic Ritual Abuse
The Necessity and Danger of Therapeutic Conviction
Ethics Morality and Reflexivity in Therapy Practice
Components of a Morally Situated Reflexive Epistemology
Cognitive Emotional and Experiential Barriers to Dialectical Pluralistic Practice