Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

The importance of conducting empirical research for the future of psychodynamics is presented in this excellent new volume. In Handbook of Evidence Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice, the editors provide evidence that supports this type of research for two primary reasons. The first reason concerns the current marginalization of psychodynamic work within the mental health field. Sound empirical research has the potential to affirm the important role that psychodynamic theory and treatment have in modern psychiatry and psychology. The second reason that research is crucial to the future of psychodynamic work concerns the role that systematic empirical investigations can have in developing and refining effective approaches to a variety of clinical problems. Empirical research functions as a check on subjectivity and theoretical alliances in on-going attempts to determine the approaches most helpful in working with patients clinically. Handbook of Evidence Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice brings together a panel of distinguished clinician-researchers who have been publishing their findings for decades. This important new book provides compelling evidence that psychodynamic psychotherapy is an effective treatment for many common psychological problems.
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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book evaluates the current state of research in psychodynamic psychotherapy and how evidence-based techniques can be applied to psychodynamic practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate how research techniques can be applied to psychodynamic work and therefore validate the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy as a treatment modality.
Audience: The book is written for practitioners of psychodynamic psychotherapy, clinical researchers, and interested laypersons.
Features: The focus is on empirical research for psychodynamic psychotherapy. The authors begin with studies demonstrating the effectiveness of this treatment for a range of disorders (e.g. panic, eating disorders) and then review the process measures for this type of intervention. Next, they attempt to analyze how the therapeutic action of psychodynamic psychotherapy actually occurs and synthesize a coherent explanation for it. This is followed by a short discussion of neurobiology and how psychodynamic psychotherapy may effect its changes in the brain. Lastly, a series of letters by prominent clinician-researchers discuss a particular aspect of psychodynamic psychotherapy and research.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to the psychodynamic field, and clinicians need to be aware of the importance of research. The authors point out the marginalization of psychodynamic psychotherapy because of the dearth of research supporting the technique (as compared to CBT, etc.) and the need to emphasize this in training and clinical practice. The discussions of how to evaluate psychodynamic psychotherapy are quite good, and the analysis of the process of therapeutic action is excellent. The discussion on neurobiology is lacking, but that may reflect the general lack of knowledge on this topic and need for more study. Psychodynamic psychotherapy will continue to lose relevance if there is not more systematic, evidence-based studies demonstrating its effectiveness as a treatment modality.
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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book evaluates the current state of research in psychodynamic psychotherapy and how evidence-based techniques can be applied to psychodynamic practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate how research techniques can be applied to psychodynamic work and therefore validate the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy as a treatment modality.
Audience: The book is written for practitioners of psychodynamic psychotherapy, clinical researchers, and interested laypersons.
Features: The focus is on empirical research for psychodynamic psychotherapy. The authors begin with studies demonstrating the effectiveness of this treatment for a range of disorders (e.g. panic, eating disorders) and then review the process measures for this type of intervention. Next, they attempt to analyze how the therapeutic action of psychodynamic psychotherapy actually occurs and synthesize a coherent explanation for it. This is followed by a short discussion of neurobiology and how psychodynamic psychotherapy may effect its changes in the brain. Lastly, a series of letters by prominent clinician-researchers discuss a particular aspect of psychodynamic psychotherapy and research.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to the psychodynamic field, and clinicians need to be aware of the importance of research. The authors point out the marginalization of psychodynamic psychotherapy because of the dearth of research supporting the technique (as compared to CBT, etc.) and the need to emphasize this in training and clinical practice. The discussions of how to evaluate psychodynamic psychotherapy are quite good, and the analysis of the process of therapeutic action is excellent. The discussion on neurobiology is lacking, but that may reflect the general lack of knowledge on this topic and need for more study. Psychodynamic psychotherapy will continue to lose relevance if there is not more systematic, evidence-based studies demonstrating its effectiveness as a treatment modality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934115114
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/8/2010
  • Series: Current Clinical Psychiatry Series
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 399
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice

Foreword

Glen Gabbard, MD

Introduction

Raymond A. Levy, PsyD

J. Stuart Ablon, PhD

Part II Efficacy and Effectiveness Studies for Specific Disorders

1. The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Specific Disorders: A Review

Falk Leichsenring, PhD

2. Manualized Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Panic Disorder

Fred Busch, MD

Barbara Milrod, MD

3. Naturalistic Psychotherapy for Panic Disorder

Tai Katzenstein, PhD

J. Stuart Ablon, PhD

Raymond Levy, PsyD

4. Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders: A Review of Empirically-Supported Treatments

Heather Thompson-Brenner, PhD

Drew Westen, PhD

5. Empirical Evidence for Transference Focused Psychotherapy and Other Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Ken Levy, PhD

Rachel Wasserman, MS

Lori N. Scot, MS

Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD

Part III Empirical Measures of Psychotherapy Process

6. Studying Change in Defensive Functioning in Psychotherapy, Using the Defense Mechanism Rating Scales: Four Hypotheses, Four Cases

J. Christopher Perry, MPH, MD

Stephen M. Beck, PhD

Prometheas Constantinides, MD

J. Elizabeth Foley, PhD

7. Process Measures for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Caleb J. Siefert, PhD

Jared A. Defife, PhD

Matthew R. Baity, PhD

8. Countertransference and Personality Pathology: The Development and Clinical Application of the Countertransference Questionnaire

Ephi Betan, PhD

Drew Westen, PhD

Part IV Theory , Technique and Process in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

9. Alliance, Negotiation and Rupture Resolution

Jeremy Safran, PhD

Christopher Muran, PhD

10. Affect-Focused Techniques in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Marc Diener, PhD

Mark Hilsenroth, PhD

11. Affect-Focused Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Empirically-Supported Strategies for Resolving Affect Phobias

Leigh McCullough, PhD

Molly Magill, PhD

12. Psychotherapy for Depression: Attaining and Sustaining Good Outcomes

Sid Blatt, PhD

David Zuroff, PhD

Lance Hawley, PhD

Part V The Neurobiology of Psychodynamic Theory and Psychotherapy

13. Neural Models of Psychodynamic Concepts and Treatments: Implications for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Andrew Gerber, MD

Josh Roffman, MD

14. Physiologic Monitoring in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Carl Marci, MD

Helen Riess, MD

Part VI Letters on Research in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

15. A Letter to my Friend and Researcher Colleague, Sy Entistle

Rolf Sandell, MD

16. The Perils of P-values: Why Tests of Statistical Significance Impede Progress in Research

John Kelley, PhD

17. From Psychoanalyst to Psychoanalyst/Researcher: A Personal Journey

Ira Lable, MD

18. Clinicians’ Love/Hate Relationship with Clinical Research

Anne Alonso, PhD

19. Measuring and Enhancing the Impact of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research: An Open Letter to Scientists and Clinicians

Anthony Weiss, MD, MSc

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