Bad Therapy: Master Therapists Share Their Worst Failures / Edition 1

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Bad Therapy offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and mind's of the profession's most famous authors, thinkers, and leaders when things aren't going so well. Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson, who include their own therapy mishaps, interview twenty of the world's most famous practitioners who discuss their mistakes, misjudgements, and miscalculations on working with clients. Told through narratives, the failures are related with candor to expose the human side of leading therapists. Each therapist shares with regrets, what they learned from the experience, what others can learn from their mistakes, and the benefits of speaking openly about bad therapy.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Experienced, master psychotherapists share their failures in therapy and what they learned about themselves and their clients in the experience. The material in the book was gathered through phone interviews and specific questions structured the process.
Purpose: According to the authors, "The major premise of this project was that if we could get the most prominent practitioners and thinkers in the field to talk about their worst work, then perhaps this would create a forum for others to discuss their lapses, mistakes, misjudgments, and failures more openly and constructively." These are very worthy objectives, which the book meets.
Audience: The authors really do not say whom the target audience is. However, I believe that all psychotherapists would benefit from this book, regardless of level of experience. Graduate students would benefit as well because it is never too early to learn from the mistakes of others. The authors and contributors are more than credible authorities in the field. They are the experts, the movers and shakers in the field of psychotherapy research and practice.
Features: The book covers informal discussions with expert psychotherapists who focus on mistakes they have made in clinical practice. These experts come from different theoretical orientations. They seem to be very honest in their assessment of their shortcomings and give suggestions for what they could have done differently.
Assessment: The book is simply delightful. The contributors, well-known experts in the field, are very candid and it is obvious that they have reflected on and learned from their mistakes. It is very readable and enjoyable. I found myself not being able to put it down. It is a book that you can easily learn from and I believe it should be required reading for courses in psychotherapy.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415933230
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 444,366
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph. D., is Professor and Chair of the Counseling Program at California State University, Fullerton. He is author of over 45 books in the field, including Doing Good, Making Changes Last and the New York Times bestseller, The Last Victim. Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D. is Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governers State University and a psychologist with the Lake Geneva Wellness Clinic in Wisconsin. He is the founding editor of The Family Journal and has written more than 20 books.

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Table of Contents

The Authors
1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Parameters of Bad Therapy
2. Jeffrey A. Kottler: The Thing Is
3. Jon Carlson: Stories Without Endings
4. Peggy Papp: A Public Humiliation
5. Arnold A. Lazarus: A Huge Dose of Humility
6. Violet Oaklander: If I Learned Something, Then I Can Forgive Myself
7. Richard Schwartz: The Critical Parts of Me
8. William Glasser: I Can't Wait Until You Leave
9. Stephen Lankton: Speaking the Client's Language
10. Francine Shapiro: I Need to Have Safeguards in Place
11. Raymond Corsini: Don't Get Stuck With One Approach
12. John Gray: Being in Bad Therapy
13. Frank Pittman: I Take a Lot of Risks
14. Sam Gladding: I Zigged When I Should Have Zagged
15. Susan M. Johnson: I Felt Quite Helpless
16. Pat Love: Listening to My Inner Voice
17. Art Freeman: We're Not as Smart as We Think We Are
18. John Norcross: 50 Minutes of Pure Hostility
19. Len Sperry: Letting Things Get Personal
20. Scott D. Miller: I Should Have Known Better
21. Michael F. Hoyt: I Was Blind at the Time
22. Richard Stuart: I Expect Too Much
23. Michele Weiner-Davis: Struck by a Bolt of Lightning-Again!
24. Some Common Themes and Lessons Learned

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