Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy as Moral Engagement / Edition 1
  • Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy as Moral Engagement / Edition 1
  • Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy as Moral Engagement / Edition 1

Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy as Moral Engagement / Edition 1

by Ronald B. Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591471095

ISBN-13: 9781591471097

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: American Psychological Association

In this thought-provoking book, Ronald B. Miller contends that we seek psychotherapy to relieve our suffering. For those who practice clinical psychology, therapy is thus a moral undertaking. Yet for historical reasons, psychological science has, in the author's view, become a de-moralized realm of theory and research, with limited relevance to practice. As

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In this thought-provoking book, Ronald B. Miller contends that we seek psychotherapy to relieve our suffering. For those who practice clinical psychology, therapy is thus a moral undertaking. Yet for historical reasons, psychological science has, in the author's view, become a de-moralized realm of theory and research, with limited relevance to practice. As frustrated graduates of clinical psychology programs often come to realize, scientific knowledge is not, in and of itself, a satisfactory preparation for clinical work. The greatest strength of scientific knowledge, its combination of abstract principles and objective data, becomes in the clinical realm also its greatest weakness. One can know the research cold and still be unprepared for a useful clinical interaction with a troubled person. In a broad, multidisciplinary review of the literature, Miller argues that there is an urgent need for a learning process that helps prepare students to understand the intrinsically moral nature of therapeutic encounters and to cultivate the clinical knowledge that is produced by such work. He proposes that the clinical case-study is the optimal vehicle for communicating clinical knowledge and conducting clinical research. While case studies are frequently derided as being of limited applicability, Miller shows how, by following a quasi-judicial method, "case law" and reliable principles of practice can be developed. Designed for the undergraduate, graduate student, or professional psychologist who has become disenchanted with the limitations of experimental and quantitative approach to psychology, this compassionate book provides answers for those who seek a legitimate alternative.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591471097
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1American Psychological Dissociation3
Ch. 2Suffering in Psychology39
Ch. 3The Moral Content of Theories of Clinical Practice71
Ch. 4Psychology and Science115
Ch. 5Clinical Knowledge159
Ch. 6Demonstrating Clinical Knowledge in the Case Study199
Ch. 7The Morally Engaged Clinical Psychologist: Recommendations on Education and Training243
App. AThe Saint Michael's College Clinical Case Study Collection at Durrick Library257
App. BRecommended Classic Case Studies in Psychotherapy287
References291
Author Index307
Subject Index311
About the Author321

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