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From The CriticsReviewer: Nina Uziel-Miller, B.S.(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book represents the second volume of the annual publication of the Milton H. Erikson Foundation. It provides an in-depth discussion of current thinking and research in brief therapy and hypnosis.
Purpose: The purpose is to present and discuss several models of brief therapy and hypnosis as applied to a range of disorders and issues including sex therapy, substance abuse, cancer, and sports psychology.
Audience: It is written for clinicians from a range of orientations with interests in brief therapy, hypnosis, and the Eriksonian tradition.
Features: The book addresses a wide range of issues within the fields of brief therapy and hypnosis. In addition, there are several chapters on current research on hypnosis, a conversation in which various models of brief therapy are critiqued and discussed, and a discussion of ethics and hypnosis. Many clinical case examples, vignettes, and treatment summaries enrich the book. These examples are grounded in their respective bodies of literature and sufficient references are provided, as well as examples from empirical research. The authors encourage critical thinking and debate by including differing viewpoints and discussion.
Assessment: Overall this book provides opportunities for readers to learn more about current thinking in research and clinical approaches to brief therapy and hypnosis. Although the different chapters may not be of value to all readers, clinicians with particular interest in the M.H. Erikson foundation will probably find the entire edition to be of value. Others may choose only to read chapters that are applicable to their particular interests and work.