Handbook for Theory, Research, and Practice in Gestalt Therapy

Handbook for Theory, Research, and Practice in Gestalt Therapy

by Philip Brownell (Editor)


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Many books have been written about gestalt therapy. Not many have been written on the relationship between gestalt therapy and psychotherapy research. The Handbook for Theory, Research, and Practice in Gestalt Therapy is a needed bridge between these two concerns, and a timely addition to scholarly literature on gestalt therapy itself. In 2007 an international team of experienced gestalt therapists devoted themselves to create this book, and they have collaborated with one another to produce a challenging and enriching addition to the literature relevant to gestalt therapy. The book discusses the philosophy of science, the need for research specifically focused on gestalt therapy, and the critical realism and natural attitude found in both research and gestalt praxis. It provides discussions of qualitative and quantitative research, describes the methods of gestalt therapy as based in a unified theory, and illustrates the application of research in the contexts of emerging gestalt research communities. The discussion contained in this book is needed at a time when warrant for the practice of psychotherapy is increasingly sought in the empirical support available through psychotherapy research-the so called evidence-based movement-and at a time when public policy is increasingly driven by the call for what works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847186072
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Philip Brownell, M.Div., Psy.D. is the Director of the Gestalt Training Institute of Bermuda. He is a registered psychologist, organizational consultant, and coach in practice in Bermuda and a licensed clinical psychologist in Oregon and North Carolina, USA. He is the author of Gestalt Therapy: A Guidebook for Mental Health Professionals, consulting editor for The European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy and has contributed to numerous books and journals in Australia, the UK, and the USA. He is the founder and facilitator of Gstalt-L, an eCommunity started in 1996 for gestalt therapists, trainers, trainees, theorists, and writers, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, an international community.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 A Ground By Which to Think About Research in Gestalt Therapy

Chapter 1 Introduction and Purpose of the Handbook Philip Brownell Alan Meara Anton Polák 2

Chapter 2 The Need for Gestalt Therapy Research Eva Gold Stephen Zahm 27

Chapter 3 Qualitative Research Paul Barber Philip Brownell 37

Chapter 4 Quantitative Research Leslie Greenberg 64

Chapter 5 Practice-Based Evidence Philip Brownell 90

Chapter 6 Training of Therapists Talia Levine Bar-Yoseph Peter Philippson Brian O'Neill, B.A. Philip Brownell 104

Part 2 A Method Worth Investigating

Chapter 7 A Unified Theory Sylvia Fleming Crocker 124

Chapter 8 Phenomenological Method Todd Burley Dan Bloom 151

Chapter 9 Dialogical Relationship Gary Yontef Talia Levine Bar-Yoseph 184

Chapter 10 Experimental Freedom Jungkyu Kim Victor Daniels 198

Chapter 11 Field-Theoretical Strategy Brian O'Neill, B.A. Sean Gaffhey 228

Chapter 12 A Unified Practice Gary Yontef Peter Philippson 257

Part 3 Gestalt Therapy Research Communities

Chapter 13 Gestalt Therapy Research Communities Philip Brownell Joseph Melnick 278

Chapter 14 Research Communities in Action: Three Examples Sari Scheinberg Anna Johannson Christine Stevens Siobhán Conway-Hicks 292

Chapter 15 Conclusion Philip Brownell 325

List of Contributors 330

Index of Subjects 340

Index of Persons 345

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