Quality of Life Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

Note: Book no longer includes a CD-ROM, but the files are available online for download for both book and ebook purchasers at www.wiley.com/go/frisch

“This book defines an approach to well-being and positive psychology, that is state-of-the-art, evidence-based, empirically validated, and an outstanding guide for anyone interested in learning about the practice of positive psychology or well-being.”
—Ed Diener, the world authority on happiness from the University of Illinois and President of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Endorsed by Christopher Peterson of the University of Michigan and taught in Marty Seligman’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Program at the University of Pennsylvania, this book teaches a simple, step-by-step method for putting the fields of well-being and positive psychology into practice. It is a "one-stop shopping" manual with everything you need in one book and with one approach.

This approach to greater happiness, meaning, and success is “evidence-based” and empirically validated. It has been successfully tested in three randomized controlled trials, including two NIH-grant funded trials conducted by James R. Rodrigue and his colleagues at Beth Israel and Harvard Medical Centers in Boston.

Quality of Life Therapy also known as Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching or QOLTC is designed for use by therapists, coaches, organizational change-agents/consultants, and all professionals who work to improve peoples' well-being. Many laypersons and clients have found the book useful as well.

This book explains the "Sweet 16" Recipe for Joy and Success, along with validated interventions for each:

1. Basic Needs or Wealths: Health, Money, Goals-and-Values/Spiritual Life, Self-Esteem

2. Relationships: Love, Friends, Relatives, and Children

3. Occupations-Avocations: Work and Retirement Pursuits, Play, Helping-Service, Learning, Creativity

4. Surroundings: Home, Neighborhood, Community

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Quality of Life Therapy provides valuable lessons that can be put to immediate use....In reading [QOLT]... readers feel mentored by someone who is rooting for them."
—Robert Furey (APA Review)

“This book defines an approach to well-being and positive psychology, that is state-of-the-art, evidence-based, empirically validated, and an outstanding guide for anyone interested in learning about the practice of positive psychology or well-being.”
— Ed Diener, the world authority on happiness from the University of Illinois and President of the International Positive Psychology Association.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471213512
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/2/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,426,673
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael B. Frisch, PhD, is a clinical and positive psychologist and professor at Baylor University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He is the author of the Quality of Life Inventory®, one of the best-validated and most widely used measures in the field. He has been honored as Research Fellow and Founding Fellow by the prestigious International Society for Quality of Life Studies as well as Aaron T. Beck's Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
With Forewords by Ed Diener, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois; Senior Research Scientist, Gallup International Positive Psychology Center; and past president, International Society of Quality of Life Studies; and David A. Clark, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, and Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
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Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION AND THEORY.

1. Quality of Life Therapy (QOLT): An Introduction.

2. Happiness through the Ages and Sages.

3. QOL Theory.

4. How to Do QOLT.

PART TWO: CORE TECHNIQUES IN QOLT.

5. QOLT Assessment: Integrating QOL with Traditional Health Assessments.

6. Sharing Case Conceptualizations with Clients.

7. The Three Pillars of QOLT: Inner Abundance, Quality Time, and Find a Meaning.

8. Five Paths to Happiness and Other CASIO Techniques.

9. The Tenets of Contentment: A Summary of Key Concepts and Skills in QOLT.

10. Emotional Control and Life Management Skills in Goal Striving.

PART THREE: AREA-SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS.

11. Goals-and-Values and Spiritual Life.

12. Self-Esteem.

13. Health.

14. Relationships.

15. Work and Retirement.

16. Play.

17. Helping.

18. Learning.

19. Creativity.

20. Money and Standard of Living.

21. Surroundings: Home, Neighborhood, and Community.

22. Relapse Prevention and Maintenance.

References.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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