The Therapeutic Relationship in Complementary Health Care / Edition 1

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Overview

Research-based and clinically relevant, this patient centered text explores the crucial role of "non-specific" aspects of treatment: trust, care, positive expectations and understanding in the healing process. Explores how the important relationship between patient and therapist provides the context for healing through research evidence from placebo studies, psychotherapy outcome studies, and studies of doctor/patient communication.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Patricia Blagman, EdD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book describes the complex aspects of the therapeutic relationship, in theory and practice, with concepts primarily drawn from the field of psychotherapy.
Purpose: The authors wish to help practitioners reflect more deeply on how best to use themselves to promote healing relationships with their clients. These are indeed important objectives, as clients are turning to complementary practitioners for better relationships with healthcare providers. The book provides a thorough presentation of the practice and research of the therapeutic relationship.
Audience: This book is written for all healthcare practitioners, especially practitioners of complementary therapies. I agree with the authors that a caring, relationship-centered interaction increases healing. The authors are clinical psychologists involved in teaching and research at the University of Exeter in the U.K.
Features: A thorough discussion of major concepts for considering the therapeutic relationship for healthcare practitioners, both traditional and complementary, who need more knowledge and insight into this process, is provided. Within the context of holism, issues affecting the practitioner and client in relationship are explored.
Assessment: This book provides insights, research, and theory from clinical psychology on the therapeutic relationship that can be applied to all practitioners in the healing arts. It is, perhaps, misnamed, as it does not pertain to any healthcare modality, complementary or traditional. It is rather a work to help all practitioners deepen the personal, therapeutic aspects of their practices.
Patricia Blagman
This book describes the complex aspects of the therapeutic relationship, in theory and practice, with concepts primarily drawn from the field of psychotherapy. The authors wish to help practitioners reflect more deeply on how best to use themselves to promote healing relationships with their clients. These are indeed important objectives, as clients are turning to complementary practitioners for better relationships with healthcare providers. The book provides a thorough presentation of the practice and research of the therapeutic relationship. This book is written for all healthcare practitioners, especially practitioners of complementary therapies. I agree with the authors that a caring, relationship-centered interaction increases healing. The authors are clinical psychologists involved in teaching and research at the University of Exeter in the U.K. A thorough discussion of major concepts for considering the therapeutic relationship for healthcare practitioners, both traditional and complementary, who need more knowledge and insight into this process, is provided. Within the context of holism, issues affecting the practitioner and client in relationship are explored. This book provides insights, research, and theory from clinical psychology on the therapeutic relationship that can be applied to all practitioners in the healing arts. It is, perhaps, misnamed, as it does not pertain to any healthcare modality, complementary or traditional. It is rather a work to help all practitioners deepen the personal, therapeutic aspects of their practices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443053191
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/16/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 0.43 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Promoting Self-Healing Through the Therapeutic Relationship. The Nature of Health and Illness. Towards a Model of Treatment in Health Care. What Do Patients Want?. Communication and Illness: the Meaning of Illness for Patients. What Makes Change Happen in Treatment?. Power in Treatment. The Process of Treatment. The Health of the Practitioner/ Conclusion: Centrality of the Therapeutic Relationship.

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