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Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text, by leading psychotherapist and and educator Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., instructs in both the core principles of this fundamental treatment modality and its practice in real-world treatment settings. This second edition expands on the theoretical, technical, and clinical issues addressed in the popular first edition.

Since the first edition appeared in 2004, rigorous research revealed in the major psychiatric and psychological journals has further confirmed the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy and how it can improve the lives of patients over time. Those findings make a through understanding of key concepts, assessment, indications, formulation, interventions, and the goals of therapy crucial for emerging psychotherapy professionals. An innovative feature of the new edition is a companion DVD in which the author brings the text to life, giving psychiatric residents and other mental health professionals an invaluable glimpse of a senior clinician at work. The DVD illustrates key clinical problems encountered in psychiatry, psychology, or social work and proven solutions gathered over many years of actual clinical experience.

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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: 9781585621446
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Core Competencies in Psychotherapy Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (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.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Core Competencies in Psychotherapy Series
1 Key Concepts 1
2 Assessment, Indications, and Formulation 21
3 The Nuts and Bolts of Psychotherapy: Getting Started 41
4 Therapeutic Interventions: What Does the Therapist Say and Do? 59
5 Goals and Therapeutic Action 77
6 Working With Resistance 99
7 Use of Dreams and Fantasies in Dynamic Psychotherapy 117
8 Identifying and Working With Countertransference 131
9 Working Through and Termination 153
10 Use of Supervision 173
11 Evaluating Core Competencies in Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 189
Index 199
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