Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy: An Integrative, Personality-Based Treatment for Complex Cases

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Guilford Press, 2006 - Psychology - 372 pages
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For individuals with chronic, complex problems that include multiple Axis I disorders comorbid with personality disorders, the barriers to change are significant. This book presents a powerful therapeutic approach that integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other techniques to empower patients to overcome these barriers by fostering change in personality. Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT) is grounded in an innovative case formulation method that systematically links symptoms to maladaptive patterns in attachment relationships. IRT offers a step-by-step framework for structuring interventions to promote learning of new, healthier patterns, while blocking problem behaviors and building a strong therapeutic alliance. A new preface in the paperback edition addresses current developments in IRT research and practice.
 

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Contents

1Introduction and Overview
1
2Case Formulation
31
3Choosing Interventions
72
The Clarifying Lens
120
Collaboration
154
Learning about Patterns Where They Are From and What They Are For
193
Blocking Maladaptive Patterns
226
Enabling the Will to Change
262
Learning New Patterns
299
10Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy in Clinical and Research Contexts
325
References
352
Index
364
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Lorna Smith Benjamin, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah and Co-Director of the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy Clinic at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is the author of Interpersonal Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders, Second Edition.

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