Treating Difficult Personality Disorders / Edition 1

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Overview

Certainly, there is no lack of individuals with difficult personality disorders and who could benefit from therapeutic treatment. Yet clinicians are often reluctant to treat them as the process can be demanding and painful for both client and clinician. Treating Difficult Personalities is an essential and usable resource for therapists who have taken on patients whose disorders have had life long negative effects on their identity, work, and relationships.Experts in the field offer the most current information for the successful assessment and clinical treatment of this challenging client population and outline flexible treatment options for borderline, narcissistic, and anti-social personalities. In addition, the book addresses the question of countertransference one of the most acute problems in treating difficult personalities with reassuring, supportive advice to help practitioners deal with their own emotions while working with these provocative clients.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Walter F. Burke, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book focuses on innovative psychotherapeutic approaches to the challenges presented by patients diagnosed with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. Case vignettes provide a clinically relevant context for discussion of practical strategies for patients who test the limits of the clinician's therapeutic armamentarium.
Purpose: This book offers the clinician a practical guide for conducting psychotherapy with severely character-disordered patients. Innovative intervention tactics are suggested for the most difficult aspects of these ongoing treatments; several modifications to traditional psychotherapy practices are reviewed.
Audience: The clinician treating personality-disordered patients in individual or group therapy will greatly benefit from this practically organized guide and its "hands-on" illustration of innovative techniques for this difficult patient population. Each author is a nationally recognized figure in the treatment of severe character psychopathology.
Features: References are current and reflect the book's emphasis on innovative clinical interventions. The index is clearly organized and presents the reader with straightforward selections.
Assessment: Practicing clinicians from all mental health disciplines will benefit from this practical guide for treating personality disordered patients who present unique and difficult challenges to traditional methods of psychotherapeutic intervention. Nationally recognized experts in the treatment of severe character psychopathology present their perspectives on the management of these difficult-to-treat borderline and narcissistic patients.
Walter F. Burke
This book focuses on innovative psychotherapeutic approaches to the challenges presented by patients diagnosed with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. Case vignettes provide a clinically relevant context for discussion of practical strategies for patients who test the limits of the clinician's therapeutic armamentarium. This book offers the clinician a practical guide for conducting psychotherapy with severely character-disordered patients. Innovative intervention tactics are suggested for the most difficult aspects of these ongoing treatments; several modifications to traditional psychotherapy practices are reviewed. The clinician treating personality-disordered patients in individual or group therapy will greatly benefit from this practically organized guide and its ""hands-on"" illustration of innovative techniques for this difficult patient population. Each author is a nationally recognized figure in the treatment of severe character psychopathology. References are current and reflect the book's emphasis on innovative clinical interventions. The index is clearly organized and presents the reader with straightforward selections. Practicing clinicians from all mental health disciplines will benefit from this practical guide for treating personality disordered patients who present unique and difficult challenges to traditional methods of psychotherapeutic intervention. Nationally recognized experts in the treatment of severe character psychopathology present their perspectives on the management of these difficult-to-treat borderline and narcissistic patients.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787903152
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Library of Current Clinical Technique
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,494,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL ROSENBLUTH is chief of the department of psychiatry at Toronto East General Hospital. He is the co-editor of Handbook of Borderline Disorders (1992, International Universities Press).

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

1. The Assessment and Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder(Michael Rosenbluth, Daniel Silver).

2. Dealing with Self-destructiveness in Borderline Patients(John G. Gunderson, Timothy Davis, Virginia R. Youngren).

3. Combined Treatment Approach with Borderline Patients( Alan Bardikoff).

4. Psychotherapy of Borderline Patients(Jerome Kroll).

5. Treating the Narcissistic Personality Disorder(Gary Rodin, Sam Izenberg).

6. The Assessment and Management of Antisocial Personality Disorder(Robert G. Ruegg, Caroline Haynes, Allen Frances).

7. Countertransference and the Difficult Personality-Disordered Patient( Howard E. Book).

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