Treating the Borderline Patient: A Contract-Based Approach

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The successful treatment of the borderline patient is one of the greatest challenges to psychotherapists. Clinicians and researchers alike are becoming aware that the treatment contract plays a critical role in effective therapy with these patients. Recent research indicates there is a correlation between skillful handling of the contract-setting phase of therapy and the length of time borderline patients stay in treatment. Even more important, the contract can help keep therapy on track. Here at last is a book ...
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The successful treatment of the borderline patient is one of the greatest challenges to psychotherapists. Clinicians and researchers alike are becoming aware that the treatment contract plays a critical role in effective therapy with these patients. Recent research indicates there is a correlation between skillful handling of the contract-setting phase of therapy and the length of time borderline patients stay in treatment. Even more important, the contract can help keep therapy on track. Here at last is a book that focuses on this important therapeutic tool. Expanding on the object relations approach to borderline pathology developed by Otto Kernberg and described in the pathbreaking Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Borderline Patients, the authors stress the practical implications of the contract, illustrating how it provides a microcosm of the patient's inner world and an opportunity for the therapist to gain an early understanding of the nature of the patient's resistances. A major focus of the book is to help the therapist predict patient behaviors that will threaten treatment, either by ending the treatment or by derailing it from its goal. Thus the book serves to both anticipate and trouble-shoot problems.
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Expanding on the object relations approach to borderline pathology developed by Otto Kernberg and described in the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Borderline Patients, the authors stress the practical implications of the contract, illustrating how it provides a microcosm of the patient's inner world and an opportunity for the therapist to gain an early understanding of the nature of the patient's resistances. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465087457
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 The Treatment Contract: Its Function in Therapy 12
3 A Model Contract 39
4 Setting Up the Contract: Common Problems 77
5 Contracting Around Threats to the Treatment 92
6 The Collaborative Element: Two Problem Sessions 118
7 The Contract as Reference Point in Later Phases of Treatment 158
8 Research Involving the Treatment Contract 184
Appendix 197
References 201
Index 205
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