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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lori R. Solaro, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: With this book, Dr. Stanley Greenspan introduces a new developmental paradigm for psychotherapy, integrating therapeutic techniques applied in psychotherapy today with knowledge of developmental stages and dysfunction. His developmental-structuralist approach to psychotherapy assesses psychiatric patients' stages of development and formulates psychotherapeutic strategies to help patients learn the psychological capacities (i.e., regulation, engagement, symbolization of experiences) to cope with conflict and develop adaptive personalities and emotional health.
Purpose: The author's intent is to provide a guide for assessing and formulating psychotherapy to children's and adults' developmental levels.
Audience: This book would be beneficial for all students and practitioners of child and adult psychotherapy. Stanley Greenspan is an expert and a theorist in the areas of child and adult development and psychotherapy.
Features: This text contains no illustrations. The reference section cites important historical references as well as recent significant resources. An appendix contains tables outlining stages of development, adaptive capacities at each stage, the maladaptive capacities and the self-object relationships at each stage.
Assessment: This book describes an eclectic, developmental-structuralist framework to assess and psychotherapeutically treat children and adults based on their emotional-cognitive development. This approach to psychotherapy is impressive and the text is clearly written with excellent clinical examples. This book is very highly recommended to psychotherapists.