Theory and Practice of Brief Therapy / Edition 1

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This classic work, never before available in paper, provides a richly textured overview of the "whys" and "hows" of brief therapy. The authors identify the central features of effective, time-limited interventions for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Taking a developmental approach to treatment, they explain how brief therapy can help at different times in a patient's life, as changes and transitions bring on new stresses and challenges. A practical framework is provided for selecting and screening patients, rapidly finding a focus for clinical work, and making optimal use of available time. Case examples and extensive transcripts are included to illustrate the use of strategies and techniques drawn from many different psychotherapy perspectives. Throughout, the focus is on creative and efficient ways to help patients build on existing strengths and make desired changes in their interactions with others.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume has set the standard for works on brief psychotherapy. It offers a well-conceived combination of thoughtful consideration and empirically based evidence. Budman and Gurman capture the essential qualities that are common to many forms of brief therapy, while discussing applications to a variety of specific problems and populations. Accessibly written, this is an ideal resource and text for graduate-level students."--Thomas H. Peake, PhD, ABPP, School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Psychology

"This book is an excellent antidote to seat-of-the-pants brief therapy as it is commonly practiced today, and it is a must in the process of retraining....Budman and Gurman have given us not only the theory and rationale that will make one a believer in brief therapy, but also the techniques that will make one a good brief therapist."--Nicholas A. Cummings, PhD

"Highly recommended! Will likely become the standard in the field."--Gerald L. Klerman, MD


"Basic reading for all therapists, in training or continuing their education, who want to learn more about how to get the job done efficiently."--Psychotherapy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572308213
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 1,297,985
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon H. Budman, PhD, a leader in the development of new models for behavioral health care, is the president and founder of Innovative Training Systems (ITS) in Newton, Massachusetts. ITS provides training, consulting and new product development services to managed care companies, group practices, hospitals, community mental health centers and HMOs around the country. A faculty member of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Budman is past Director of Mental Health Training and Mental Health Research at the Harvard Community Health Plan. He is coauthor (with Alan S. Gurman) of the widely acclaimed Theory and Practice of Brief Therapy.
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1. The Practice of Brief Therapy: An Introduction
2. Initiating Brief Therapy
3. Common Foci in Brief Therapy and Some Basic Assumptions
4. Losses
5. Developmental Dysynchrony
6. Marital and Family Conflicts: Early Treatment Issues and Assessment
7. The Brief Therapy of Marital and Family Conflicts
8. Symptomatic Presentations: The Uses of Clinical Hypnosis
9. Treating Personality Disorders
10. Time-Limited Group Psychotherapy
11. Time and Termination
12. A Case Transcript
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Practice of Brief Therapy: An Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Initiating Brief Therapy 26
Ch. 3 Common Foci in Brief Therapy and Some Basic Assumptions 62
Ch. 4 Losses 74
Ch. 5 Developmental Dysynchrony 97
Ch. 6 Marital and Family Conflicts: Early Treatment Issues and Assessment 120
Ch. 7 The Brief Therapy of Marital and Family Conflicts 163
Ch. 8 Symptomatic Presentations: The Uses of Clinical Hypnosis 188
Ch. 9 Treating Personality Disorders 214
Ch. 10 Time-Limited Group Psychotherapy 246
Ch. 11 Time and Termination 283
Ch. 12 A Case Transcript 302
References 373
Subject Index 395
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