How to Fail as a Therapist: 50 Ways to Lose or Damage Your Patients

How to Fail as a Therapist: 50 Ways to Lose or Damage Your Patients

by Bernard Schwartz, John Flowers
     
 

ISBN-10: 1886230706

ISBN-13: 9781886230705

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: Impact Publishers, Incorporated

Depending upon which study you read, between 20 and 57% of psychotherapy patients do not return after their initial session. Another 37 to 45% only attend therapy twice. A follow-up study on dropouts found most clinicians had no idea why their patients had terminated, whereas their clients could define very specific "therapeutic errors." Clients who drop out early

Overview

Depending upon which study you read, between 20 and 57% of psychotherapy patients do not return after their initial session. Another 37 to 45% only attend therapy twice. A follow-up study on dropouts found most clinicians had no idea why their patients had terminated, whereas their clients could define very specific "therapeutic errors." Clients who drop out early display poor treatment outcomes, over-utilize mental health services, and demoralize clinicians.

It doesn't have to be that way. Well-researched strategies reduce dropout rates and increase positive treatment outcomes. How to Fail as a Therapist details the 50 most common errors therapists make, and how to avoid them. Therapists will learn practical, helpful steps for avoiding such common errors as not recognizing one's limitations, performing incomplete assessments, ignoring science, ruining the client relationship, setting improper boundaries, terminating improperly, therapist burnout, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886230705
Publisher:
Impact Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Practical Therapist Ser.
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Arnold A. Lazarus

Introduction (Failing to Recognize Our Limitations as Therapists)

Chapter 1 How to Fail Even Before You Start Therapy
Chapter 2 How to Perform Incomplete Assessments
Chapter 3 How to Ignore Science
Chapter 4 How to Avoid Collaboration with the Client
Chapter 5 How to Ruin the Therapist-Client Relationship
Chapter 6 How to Set Improper Therapist-Client Boundaries
Chapter 7 How to Guarantee Noncompliance with Assignments
Chapter 8 How to Make Bad Attitudes Worse
Chapter 9 How Not to Confront Clients
Chapter 10 How to Get Clients to Refuse Medication
Chapter 11 How Not to Terminate Therapy
Chapter 12 How to Achieve Therapist Burnout
Chapter 13 A Final Word: The Power of Human Resiliency

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