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From The CriticsReviewer: Giridhar G. Reddy, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a lucid and comprehensive guide to the practice and teaching of psychotherapy. The author is one of the founders of family therapy and former director of the Family Therapy Institute of Washington DC. He is also a prolific writer and an expert teacher.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to serve as a guide for clinicians who are learning therapy, teaching therapy, or practicing psychotherapy.
Audience: The target audience include trainees, supervisors and practicing social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists
Features: There are numerous case examples from the author's vast experience to illustrate his points. This book, however, has no article references.
Assessment: This book is a comprehensive guide to the practice and teaching of psychotherapy incorporating the author's wisdom from decades of supervising countless trainees. Though the author is himself a family therapist, much of what is said in this book can be applied to all forms of psychotherapy. In the current atmosphere of managed care and cost-cutting, mental health professionals are required to be versatile and be prepared to use a variety of approaches, particularly brief therapy techniques, and deal with a wide range of disorders and clientele. This book meets this requirement by exploring new ways to learn and teach therapy and to creatively apply them to practice.