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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research: Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence / Edition 1

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research: Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence / Edition 1


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Before the 1960s, psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy were the dominant modes of treatment within psychiatry. These treatments have faced increasing scrutiny and skepticism as the movement towards evidence-based treatments has intensified and the mental health field has been asked to treat increasingly ill and severely character-disordered patients. Psychodynamic psychotherapy has lost status within the mental health field as other forms of treatment have developed a strong and well-funded research base. At the same time, the exciting bursts of knowledge about the functioning of the brain and the subsequent development of psychopharmacologic treatments have added to treatment alternatives. This development has served to help patients but also to decrease the frequency with which dynamic treatments are indicated. Criticisms of psychoanalytic treatments, which are grounded in elaborate theories of the mind that have been evolving since the late 19th century, have been valid to the extent that a scientific basis for the work was missing.
Recently, however, there has been an explosion in empirical research on psychoanalytic theories and treatments. There have been more than 70 randomized controlled trials of psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and much more research supporting psychodynamic principles and specific psychodynamic treatments for many diagnostic categories.
In this volume of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research: Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence we demonstrate the relevance of and scientific support for psychodynamic treatment across a wide range of diagnostic categories and treatment strategies. One of the difficulties in the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy is that researchers and clinicians have not embraced one another. Clinicians have felt that researchers are ivory tower academics not on the front lines of clinical care, and researchers have felt that clinicians have little appreciation for the value of empirical research or the evidence that certain treatment principles are more effective with specific diagnostic populations. This volume presents the integration of clinical work and research through the scientist-practitioner model. Almost every author who has committed to write a chapter is an active clinician-researcher.
The chapters and researchers we have selected all emphasize the relevance of their studies for clinical work by including clinical vignettes with discussion of the influence of their research on treatment. We have asked authors to keep this integrative principle in mind throughout their chapters. Once again, there is a section on Efficacy and Effectiveness Studies. Within this section, there are three chapters that review evidence-based psychodynamic treatments including long-term psychotherapy and treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. In addition, there is a section on the role of the single case study in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and once again, there is a section on diagnostic and outcome measures particularly relevant to studying psychodynamic psychotherapy.
In this second volume, we also plan to include an expanded section on Neurobiology and Psychotherapy and have proposed six potential chapters. Modern psychiatry reflects the advances in neuroimaging technology, and research findings using this method, which will be highlighted in this section, are particularly powerful in the field at this point in time.
Finally, there is a section in which eminent psychodynamic psychotherapy researchers will write their thoughts about the value of psychotherapy research over time for clinical work. They respond to the question, "What have we learned from psychodynamic psychotherapy research that has proven to be clinically useful?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607617914
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Series: Current Clinical Psychiatry
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 646
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.07(d)

Table of Contents

Efficacy and Effectiveness Studies of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


1) Empirical Studies of Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Treatments for Multiple Disorders

Falk Leichsenring, DSc, Sven Rabung, PhD

2) Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Therapies for Depression: The Evidence Base

David Taylor, PhD

3) A Review of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Treatments for Anxiety Disorders

Jenelle M. Slavin, M.A. & Mark J. Hilsenroth, PhD

Original Reports

4) Attachment Theory and Psychotherapy: Implications for Psychodynamic Treatments

Ken Levy, PhD & Lori Scott, PhD

5) An Empirical Approach to Defense Interpretation and Assessment with Multiple Diagnoses

J. Christopher Perry, PhD & Stephen M. Beck, PhD

6) Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder—Process of Supportive v. Expressive Treatments Using the Psychotherapy Process Q-set

Rachel Wasserman, MA & Kenneth Levy, PhD

7) Empirical Evidence for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder—An Update

Ken Levy, PhD, Rachel Wasserman, MA, Lori Scott, PhD,

Frank Yeomans, PhD

8) Process Variables Influencing Positive Outcome in Psychotherapy

Sidney Blatt, PhD

Studying Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:

The Single Case Study

9) From Psychoanalytic Narrative to Empirical Single Case Research—A New Paradigm: The German Specimen Case of Amalia X

Horst Kaechele, MD, Joseph Schachter, MD,

Helmut Thoma, MD

10) The Single Case Study in Psychotherapy—How Does Psychotherapy Work? Two Examples

Raymond Levy, PsyD, J. Stuart Ablon, PhD, Nnamdi Pole, PhD,

Tai Katzenstein, PhD, Julie Ackerman, MA

11) Tai Katzenstein, PhD, Nnamdi Pole, PhD, J. Stuart Ablon, PhD,

Raymond A. Levy, PsyD(???)

Empirical Measures of Outcome for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

12) A Review of Outcomes Measures for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Caleb Siefert, PhD, Jared Defife, PhD

13) The Structured Interview for Personality Organization—A Developmental Psychoanalytic Diagnostic Measure

Susanne Hoerz, Dipl.-Psych., John Clarkin, PhD, Barry Stern,

PhD, Eve Caligor, MD

Neurobiology and Psychotherapy

14) Neuroimaging Findings in a Case of Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: a CCRT Approach

Josh Roffman, MD, Janet Witte, MD, Pat Giulino, LICSW,

Raymond Levy, PsyD, Ira Lable, MD

15) Neural Models of Psychodynamic Concepts and Treatments—

An Update

Andrew Gerber, MD, Josh Roffman, MD

16) Psychoanalytic Concepts: Preliminary Neuroimaging Findings

Bernard Beitman, MD, George Viacontes, MD

17) Unconscious Mental Processes and Priming: Neuroimaging Findings

Philip Wong, PhD

18) Commentary on Neuroimaging Findings and Psychoanalysis—

Mark Solms, PhD

19) Historical Reports: What Have We Learned from Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research that is Relevant to Treatment?

Sid Blatt, PhD

Morris Eagle, PhD

Mark Hilsenroth, PhD

Paul Wachtel, PhD

Jacques Barber, PhD

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