Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text / Edition 2

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Overview

At the time Dr. Glen O. Gabbard's first edition of Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy came out in 2004, the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee (RRC) mandated that all psychiatric residents must become competent in five different psychotherapies, including psychodynamic psychotherapy. Just a few years later, the RRC reduced the number of mandated psychotherapies from five to three, with psychodynamic psychotherapy being one of the triad needed in training. Also during that time, much rigorous research appeared in the pages of major psychiatric and psychological journals further confirming the efficacy and value of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text, Second Edition, is focused on the key concepts, assessment, indications, formulations, therapist interventions, goals of therapy, and the mechanisms of therapeutic action all mental health professionals need in their daily clinical experience. In this manual, Dr. Gabbard expands on the application of basic theory and techniques in actual clinical practice. Therapeutic topics are brought to life on a companion DVD that gives students and residents a visual reference to the text through video vignettes of a senior clinician at work.

As useful to educators as it is to students, Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy serves as a guide to understanding the thinking behind the therapist's actions in a wide variety of situations. This "fly on the wall" glimpse into therapeutic mechanisms helps future psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors, nurses and others put psychodynamic psychotherapy into the proper context for long-term, successful treatment. This manual delves into the goals of therapy and the mechanisms for therapeutic action, including: • Assessment• Indications and formulation• Therapist intervention• Using fantasies and dreams in therapeutic action• Identifying and working with countertransference• Optimal use of supervision

In addition to the DVD that serves as a guide to understanding the thinking behind the therapist's choices, this book also features a greatly expanded discussion of the evidence base for psychodynamic psychotherapy and a more extensive discussion on gender in transference. It also updates the neurobiological correlation between dreaming and its implications in psychotherapy and elaborates on the contribution of resistance to contemporary thinking.

Equally important, Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy provides its readers with a clear road map to greater understanding through practical, hands-on application such as case writeups, oral presentations at case conferences, written examinations, oral examinations, videotaped recordings and direct observations, audiotape recordings, and supervision to help build competent skills and broad knowledge.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Breitung U. Jasmin, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book describes the essential concepts of psychodynamic psychotherapy in a manner that is easily understandable by a broad audience. The basic tenets are supported by evidence-based research whenever possible and are further illustrated by useful clinical vignettes.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to help train health professionals to competency in the field of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, one of the five psychotherapies now mandated by the Psychiatric Residency Review Committee. This is done by providing an overview of theoretical principles and models and how to implement therapeutic interventions. These objectives are largely met and the book fulfills a need.
Audience: According to the author, the book was written not only for training psychiatry residents, but for a broad audience of health professionals as well, such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and even training directors. This book is definitely of use for all of the above. The author is quite accomplished in the fields of psychodynamic psychotherapy, having many years of clinical and research experience in the field.
Features: This book covers essential concepts in psychodynamic psychotherapy, such as transference, countertransference, dreams and fantasies, therapeutic interventions, boundary crossing, the use of supervision, to name just a few. The author presents these in an organized manner supporting his material whenever possible with the available research. Each topic is given more or less equal weight, resulting in a broad overview, rather than specific detailed discussions of any one subject. To illustrate the contents further there are some tables and figures that summarize the material and provide new information not always provided in the text. Of highest value to the reader are the clinical vignettes that are dispersed throughout the book. The vignettes are excellent examples of theoretical models and concepts as well as therapeutic interventions. Shortcomings include the fact that a discussion on the use of pharmacotherapies in conjunction with psychotherapy is omitted, as well as financial considerations inherent in long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Considering that this book is an overview, the author might have discussed this as well. He appropriately limits himself to one-on-one adult therapy, as discussions of couple, family or group therapy would have been beyond the scope of this book.
Assessment: This is an excellent brief overview of basic concepts in psychodynamic psychotherapy and is thereby highly useful to the beginning clinician during training. It accomplishes the goal of providing adequate information to the clinician in this field. It is not as useful to the clinician who is more experienced, since it is a basic text and covers each area briefly and not in great detail.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585623853
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/11/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 335,360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., occupies the Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychotherapy Education, and Director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He served as Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2001—2007.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Key concepts. Assessment, indications, and formulation. The nuts and bolts of psychotherapy: getting started. Therapeutic interventions: what does the therapist say and do? Goals and therapeutic action. Working with resistance. Use of dreams and fantasies in dynamic psychotherapy. Identifying and working with countertransference. Working through and termination. Use of supervision. Evaluating core competencies in long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Index.

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