Systems of Psychotherapy: Dialectical Tensions and Integration

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 26, 2010 - Psychology - 550 pages

Psychotherapy today encompasses a broad spectrum of approaches that focus to a varying extent on psychophysiological, behavioral, environmental, or other aspects of human problems. Despite the overlap that exists between many of these approaches, there is no method that integrates more than a few of these aspects. It is therefore important to understand the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each therapy system, and how each helps people to solve their problems.

Systems of Psychotherapy: Dialectical Tensions and Integration provides an in-depth overview of the major therapeutic systems in practice today and outlines the philosophical differences and opportunities for integration among them. This volume also considers the new ideas and approaches to therapy stemming from the postmodernist and integrative movements. By highlighting the unique merits of each system, readers are encouraged to combine factors present in the various systems to create a comprehensive view of human nature and functioning that will improve therapeutic outcomes.

Topics covered in this volume include:

•Empirical foundations of psychotherapy

•Treatment planning and the initial interview


•Cognitive-Behavioral interventions

•Humanistic approaches

•Interpersonal approaches

•Family systems and couples approaches

•Ecosystemic interventions

Systems of Psychotherapy is an educational text which spans historical and contemporary issues in psychotherapy and is an ideal reference for students of clinical, counseling, and school psychology, psychiatric residents, and graduate students in clinical social work.


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Philosophical and Empirical Debates
Treatment Planning and the Initial Interview
Biomedical Approaches to Treatment
Behavioral Interventions
Cognitive Approaches
Psychoanalytic Approaches
Object Relations and Self Theory
Experiential Approaches
Contemporary Interpersonal Approaches
Family Systems and Couples Approaches
Ecosystemic Issues and Approaches
Postmodernism and Integrative Therapies
A MetaIntegrative Model of Human Functioning and Therapy
Author Index

Phenomenological Approaches
Psychotherapy and Social Context

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About the author (2010)

Don Fromme is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University and also in the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University, where he continues teaching part-time. He served as Director of the Psychological Service Center at both universities as well as Director of Intern Training at Pacific. He has also taught overseas with the University of Maryland University College on several occasions. During sabbaticals, he has taught at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela and the University of Exeter in England. In 1985-86 he was a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Rome. He has published research focusing on emotional communication, empathy, and the qualitative experience of being part of a step-family. He has also chaired 60 graduate theses and dissertations. Now retired, he previously maintained a part-time private practice together with his wife.

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