Psychotherapy: An Introduction for Psychiatry Residents and Other Mental Health Trainees

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Many psychiatry residents and other mental health trainees begin their careers as psychotherapists with a mixture of enthusiasm and apprehension: enthusiasm at the prospect of using only words and actions to help someone in distress; apprehension about whether they are capable of doing it. In his latest book, Phillip R. Slavney helps these students get started by discussing such fundamental issues as what makes psychotherapy work, what is important in a psychotherapeutic relationship, and whether psychotherapists...

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Overview

Many psychiatry residents and other mental health trainees begin their careers as psychotherapists with a mixture of enthusiasm and apprehension: enthusiasm at the prospect of using only words and actions to help someone in distress; apprehension about whether they are capable of doing it. In his latest book, Phillip R. Slavney helps these students get started by discussing such fundamental issues as what makes psychotherapy work, what is important in a psychotherapeutic relationship, and whether psychotherapists should have their own psychotherapy. Slavney draws on his long experience as a psychotherapist and teacher of psychotherapy in a confidence-building book that is both practical and scholarly.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Separated into four sections, this book addresses some of the fundamentals associated with both the teaching and learning of the art of psychotherapy.
Purpose: The task of learning how to competently practice various forms of psychotherapy is exciting and daunting. Many feel underprepared by their training and overwhelmed by their lack of experience. This book attempts to build the confidence of the reader striving to procure these skills.
Audience: Geared mainly to the psychiatrist (psychiatric resident) in training, Dr. Slavney's experience also serves useful for those supervising residents, or those in other mental health areas whose clinical practice consists of patients seeking psychotherapy.
Features: Each of the four sections provides useful clinical information, sometimes in the form of simulated conversations with various patient types immediately transferable to clinical situations. The sections regarding the psychotherapeutic relationship and psychotherapy supervision illustrate meaningful barriers which can exist in the training or treating process and are vital to understanding how they may impede progress.
Assessment: As a clinician who treats patients using various types of psychotherapy and who supervises psychiatry residents in all years of their training, I have found this book enlightening and useful. While not overwhelming in its size, the author provides clear clinical strategies that connect to major psychotherapeutic ideas quite comfortably, leaving the reader with a sense of confidence upon completion of the book, but also imparting the knowledge of the challenges this particular type of work can consistently provide. This book is well written and relatively free of the jargon that can bog down the novice with abstract ideas often difficult to translate into clinical approaches. I will recommend this book to residents in training, as well as colleagues who have frequent contact with trainees.
Mental Health Net - Tony O'Brien
Written in an engaging, informal style, and is replete with the sorts of examples that can only come from an extended period of experience.
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry - Laura Stovel
A helpful book and one that has a place as a first volume for residents beginning to practise psychotherapy.
Psychiatric Services - Caroline Fisher
The writing style is easy and conversational... will appeal to students for its ability to address their fears and to instructors and supervisors, because it contains a number of conversations worth having with students of psychotherapy.
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
A helpful book and one that has a place as a first volume for residents beginning to practise psychotherapy.

— Laura Stovel

Mental Health Net
Written in an engaging, informal style, and is replete with the sorts of examples that can only come from an extended period of experience.

— Tony O'Brien

Psychiatric Services
The writing style is easy and conversational... will appeal to students for its ability to address their fears and to instructors and supervisors, because it contains a number of conversations worth having with students of psychotherapy.

— Caroline Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880964
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 153
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip R. Slavney, M.D., is the Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of Psychiatric Dimensions of Medical Practice, coeditor of The Primary Care Physician's Guide to Common Psychiatric and Neurologic Problems, and coauthor of The Perspectives of Psychiatry, all available from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Life-story reasoning 1
2 Personality : the patient's and yours 19
3 The psychotherapeutic relationship 58
4 Psychotherapy supervision 107
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