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From The CriticsReviewer: Carol A. Libonati, MS, RN, CS-P(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This videotape offers the opportunity to see a master therapist present the theory that guides his psychotherapy work with patients, apply the theory through a session with a client, then review the session step by step, examining how the theory is applied and the response of the client.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate each step of the therapy process.
Audience: The appropriate audience for this videotape is students who are embarking on careers as psychotherapists. Any university or training program would benefit from the use of this tape as a tool to demonstrate to the novice how cognitive behavioral theory is applied to practice. A more novel use would be to educate a lay person interested in trying psychotherapy but scared of the process because of misconceptions.
Features: This tape is a demonstration of cognitive-behavioral therapy, both theory and application. It is very quickly evident that the presenter has an excellent grasp of the theory and how it works. It becomes apparent as the session unfolds that the client is benefiting from work with the therapist. The quality of the videotaping keeps the interest of the viewer.
Assessment: The use of videotape to teach students how to think theory and to apply theory in their work with clients is very helpful. Students want someone to show them how it is done well as they embark on their own efforts to work with clients. This tape is very well done and very easy to follow. I am excited to see good quality tapes like these come on the market for use in teaching; I will certainly use this one. My last comment is about the length of the tape — 95 minutes is a long time to watch a tape. I recommend a five-to-ten minute break be taken between the end of the therapy session and the review of the material.