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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen M. Donahey, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This volume in the Jossey-Bass Library of Current Clinical Technique offers a focused theoretical background as a foundation for practice and then dedicates itself to the practical tasks of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of sexual disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide mental health professionals with a comprehensive grounding in theory and specific therapeutic guidelines and suggestions which offer immediate pragmatic value. The main emphasis in this book is the practical technique of sex therapy.
Audience: The book is written for mental health professionals and students interested in the field of sex and sex therapy. The editors, and their authors, are credible authorities in this subject. Most are affiliated with Stanford and/or the University of California.
Features: The book contains black-and-white illustrations. The references are current and pertinent. The book offers many case vignettes and examples which may be helpful to the reader and help to illustrate the points in each chapter. The overall appearance of the book is attractive and well-organized, with an easy-to-read style.
Assessment: This book addresses the spectrum of issues pertinent to sexual dysfunction, and, offers discussion of the special transference/countertransference issues that occur in the treatment of clients with sexual dysfunction. The authors' liberal use of case examples and specific suggestions provides a useful resource for those professionals just entering the sex therapy field, and for those professionals who want to increase their skill at handling sexual issues.