An Introduction to the Psychotherapiesby Sidney Bloch (Editor)
Thoroughly revised and updated, the new edition of this highly popular introduction features two new chapters, one on brief, focal psychotherapy and another on child therapy. As in the first edition, the contributors each take a particular form of psychotherapy and describe its goals, techniques, and applications, using a down-to-earth approach that blends theory
Thoroughly revised and updated, the new edition of this highly popular introduction features two new chapters, one on brief, focal psychotherapy and another on child therapy. As in the first edition, the contributors each take a particular form of psychotherapy and describe its goals, techniques, and applications, using a down-to-earth approach that blends theory with practical aspects. From reviews of the first edition: "An excellent book....Could not be done better in a brief presentation."American Journal of Psychiatry. "A smoothly edited and technically well-produced synopsis of psychotherapeutic techniques....Useful for senior medical students and junior residents seeking a rapid overview."Hospital Community Psychiatry.
Description: This third edition overview of common psychotherapies updates the second edition, published in 1985. After an introductory chapter, the author devotes one chapter each to 11 forms of therapy, and one, new to this edition, focuses on ethics. The contributors, mostly from the United Kingdom, update other chapters, two of which have new collaborating authors.
Purpose: The author calls attention to the plurality of psychotherapies in his choice of title. The general objectives are (1) "to make the concept of psychotherapy more understandable"; (2) "to minimize differences between schools of psychotherapy"; (3) "to draw a relationship between research and clinical practice"; and (4) "to guide the trainee in his reading."
Audience: Presented as a "gentle" introductory guide for trainees of mental health professions, Bloch and his frequently published contributors appropriately target their audience.
Features: Each chapter begins with 3 to 5 sentences outlining its structure and has sections organizing the material. Chapter or section titles head each page. Occasionally contributors use diagrams to illustrate concepts. Each chapter is followed by its references listed in order by author and by a briefly annotated recommended reading list. With the exception of the chapter on behavioral therapy, the references are up-to-date. The book includes an adequate subject index. Its unique attribute is the description of different psychotherapies while identifying their common features.
Assessment: With the exception of relating research to clinical practice, the book meets its objectives. Its outstanding qualities are brevity and clarity. A brief introductory guide cannot adequately tackle psychotherapy research other than in a cursory manner. Beginning students and lay readers seeking to understand distinguishing and common features of the various forms of psychotherapy would find this guide illuminating. It is relatively free of the within-school polemics and dogmatism that often confuse. The content and references have been updated and restructured since the last edition.
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