Psychotherapy Relationships That Work: Evidence-Based Responsiveness / Edition 2

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First published in 2002, the landmark Psychotherapy Relationships That Work broke new ground by focusing renewed and corrective attention on the substantial research behind the crucial (but often overlooked) client-therapist relationship. This thoroughly revised edition brings a decade of additional research to the same task. In addition to updating each chapter, the second edition features new chapters on the effectiveness of the alliance with children and adolescents, the alliance in couples and family therapy, real-time feedback from clients, patient preferences, culture, and attachment style.

The new editon provides "two books in one"--one on evidence-based relationship elements and one on evidence-based methods of adapting treatment to the individual patient. Each chapter features a specific therapist behavior that improves treatment outcome, or a transdiagnostic patient characteristic (such as reactance, preferences, culture, stage of change) by which clinicians can effectively tailor psychotherapy. All chapters provide original, comprehensive meta-analyses of the relevant research; clinical examples, and research-supported therapeutic practices by distinguished contributors. The result is a compelling synthesis of the best available research, clinical expertise, and patient characteristics in the tradition of evidence-based practice.

The second edition of Psychotherapy Relationships That Work: Evidence-Based Responsiveness proves indispensible for any mental health professional.

Reviews of the First Edition:

"A veritable gold mine of research related to relationships, this is a volume that should be an invaluable reference for every student and practitioner of psychotherapy."--Psychotherapy

"This is a MUST READ for any researcher, clinician, or counselor who is genuinely interested in the active ingredients of effective psychotherapy and who appreciates the importance of applying empirical evidence to the therapy relationship."--Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

"Psychotherapy Relationships That Work is a superb contemporary textbook and reference source for students and professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and understanding of person-related psychotherapy."
--Psychotherapy Research

"One is struck with the thoroughness of all the chapters and the care and detail of presentation."--Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An intriguing issue that has fascinated therapy researchers and practicing clinicians alike has been the question of how therapy works. Acknowledging the findings that therapy techniques do indeed contribute to the change process, this empirically based volume convincingly documents the very important role that the therapy relationships play as well. It is a timely and comprehensive contribution that is relevant for both clinicians and researchers."--Marvin R. Goldfried, Ph.D., President, Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12) and Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University

"This excellent resource is a treasure! Norcross' second edition of Psychotherapy Relationships That Work is the gold standard in providing current evidence on how the psychotherapist client/patient relationship promotes change. Educators, clinical researchers and practitioners will be informed, inspired and moved by an immersion into the evidenced based understanding of the change process."--Melba Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP, Independent Practice, Austin, Texas and APA President, 2011

"John Norcross and his contributors have created a stunningly valuable resource for researchers and clinicians alike. This landmark second edition transcends theoretical orientation, client population, treatment format, and clinical severity. Clinicians in particular will find the 'therapeutic practices' section of each chapter to be thought-provoking and immediately applicable. Truly, evidence-based responsiveness works."--Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D., Past President, American Psychological Association

"This thoroughly revised book directs us to what relationships work in psychotherapy and to effective ways of tailoring the relationship to the unique needs of individual clients. Dr. Norcross and contributors have compiled a most useful resource for practitioners and students."--Gerald Corey, Ed.D., ABPP, Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling, California State University, Fullerton

"The organization and quality of presentation are more illuminating and more uniform than what we often find in edited volumes... The quality of the data has improved dramatically since publication of the first edition in 2002, and researchers in several areas have refined measurement instruments (or developed new ones) and improved research designs." -- Brian H. Stagner, PsycCRITIQUES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199737208
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 494,844
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Edited by John C. Norcross, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Scranton.

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships
John C. Norcross & Michael J. Lambert

II. Effective Elements of the Therapy Relationship: What Works in General
2. Alliance in Individual Psychotherapy
Adam O. Horvath, A. C. Del Re, Christopher Flückiger, & Dianne Symonds
3. Alliance in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Stephen R. Shirk & Marc Karver
4. Alliance in Couple and Family Therapy
Myrna L. Friedlander, Valentín Escudero, Laurie Heatherington, & Gary M. Diamond
5. Cohesion in Group Therapy
Gary M. Burlingame, Debra Theobald McClendon, & Jennifer Alonso
6. Empathy
Robert Elliott, Arthur C. Bohart, Jeanne C. Watson, & Leslie S. Greenberg
7. Goal Consensus and Collaboration
Georgiana Shick Tryon & Greta Winograd
8. Positive Regard and Affirmation
Barry A. Farber & Erin M. Doolin
9. Congruence/Genuineness
Gregory G. Kolden, Marjorie H. Klein, Chia-Chiang Wang, & Sara B. Austin
10. Collecting Client Feedback
Michael J. Lambert & Kenichi Shimokawa
11. Repairing Alliance Ruptures
Jeremy D. Safran, J. Christopher Muran, & Catherine Eubanks-Carter
12. Management of Countertransference
Jeffrey A. Hayes, Charles J. Gelso, and Ann M. Hummel

III. Tailoring the Therapy Relationship to the Individual Patient: What Works in Particular
13. Reactance/Resistance Level
Larry E. Beutler, T. Mark Harwood, Aaron Michelson, Xiaoxia Song, & John Holman
14. Stages of Change
John C. Norcross, Paul M. Krebs, & James O. Prochaska
15. Preferences
Joshua K. Swift, Jennifer L. Callahan, & Barbara M. Vollmer
16. Culture
Timothy B. Smith, Melanie Domenech Rodríguez, & Guillermo Bernal
17. Coping Style
Larry E. Beutler, T. Mark Harwood, Satoko Kimpara, David Verdirame, & Kathy Blau
18. Expectations
Michael J. Constantino, Carol R. Glass, Diane B. Arnkoff, Rebecca M. Ametrano, & JuliAnna Z. Smith
19. Attachment Style
Kenneth N. Levy, William D. Ellison, Lori N. Scott, and Samantha L. Bernecker
20. Religion and Spirituality
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Joshua N. Hook, Don E. Davis, & Michael A. McDaniel

IV. Conclusions and Guidelines
21. Research Conclusions and Clinical Practices
John C. Norcross & Bruce E. Wampold

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