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Research for the Psychotherapist: From Science to Practice / Edition 1

Research for the Psychotherapist: From Science to Practice / Edition 1

by Jay L. Lebow


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Research for the Psychotherapist: From Science to Practice / Edition 1

While empirical, scientific research has much to offer to the practice-oriented therapist in training, it is often difficult to effectively engage the trainee, beginning practitioner, or graduate student in a subject area that can often glaze over the eyes of a reader focused on practical work. Most books about psychotherapy focus either on the process of gathering, analyzing, presenting, and discussing research results, or on conducting clinical work. What most of these texts lack is an engaging, accessible guide on how to incorporate research into practice. Research for the Psychotherapist: From Science to Practice fills that niche with an approach that bridges the gap between research and practice, presenting concise chapters that distill research findings and clearly apply them to practical issues.

Jay Lebow is an accomplished practitioner and researcher in the fields of marriage and family therapy and integrative psychotherapy. In this book, he offers a focused volume that covers a range of topics. This volume should appeal to psychotherapists and students looking for an accessible, jargon-free guide to utilizing research in practical settings.

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ISBN-13: 9780415952262
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jay Lebow, Ph.D., LCP, ABPP, LMFT, is a licensed clinical psychologist and research consultant at The Family Institute at Northwestern, and Clinical Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University. A past president of the Family Psychology Division (43) of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Lebow is also an active member and approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and is a Fellow in APA divisions 12 (Clinical Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy) and 43 (Family Psychology).

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy Research. Merging Science and Practice Psychotherapy. A Clinician's Primer for Evaluating Research About Psychotherapy. Part II: Research Focused on Psychotherapy. Therapy By the Numbers: Critics Claim Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTS) Undermine Clinical Creativity. The Push for Evidence: Defining the Role for Evidence-based Practice. What Can We Say About the Effectiveness of Psychotherapy? The Science of Clinical Artistry: Research-based Principles for Effective Practice. Transformation Now! (Or Maybe Later): Client Change is Not an All-or-Nothing Proposition. Beyond Intuition: Research on Psychotherapeutic Process. Mindfulness Goes Mainstream: Research is Proving the Value of Awareness Processes. Improving Our Track Record: How Therapists Can Better Meet the Needs of the Disadvantaged. Addictions Treatment: Myth vs. Reality. War of the Worlds: Researchers and Practitioners Collide on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). Reassessing Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: Separating Hype From Facts About Antidepressants. Outing the Unproven: A New Journal Exposes Therapies That Don’t Work. The Messenger is the Message: The Effectiveness of Treatment Still Depends On Who Delivers It. Part III: Research Focused On or Relevant to Couple and Family Therapy. Family Therapy Scorecard: Research Shows the Family Approach is Often the Treatment of Choice. Marital Preparation and Enrichment Programs Document their Value. What Really Makes Couples Happy? A Controversy Divides the World of Marital Researchers. Not Quite the Brady Bunch: Research on Remarriage Families. Methods of Relational Assessment. Part IV: Doing Research on Your Practice. New Science for Psychotherapy: Can We Predict How Therapy Will Progress? Learning to Love Assessment: Today’s Research Tools Can Help You Be a Better Therapist. Do-It-Yourself Research: The Practical Advantages of Studying Your Own Practice. Models for Evaluating Psychotherapy Practices and Community Mental Health Programs: Public Health Perspectives. Part V: Research in Psychology that Informs the Practice of Psychotherapy. Defending the Family: Beware of the Biogenetic Bandwagon. Aging: Fact and Fiction. Keys to Enhancing Performance. Beyond the Sugar Pill: Clarifying the Placebo Effect. Index.

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Jeffrey11JS More than 1 year ago
This short book provides a clear,concise overview of reseach on major issues in psychotherapy for therapists. Each short chapter covers sigificant findings in a particular area and includes a basic bibliography for follow-up. The emphasis is on practical information rather than theoretical underpinnings or critiques of methodology. The author is more definitive about positive fundings than is normally the case in psychotherapy research summaries. A weakness is that he does not provide enough information on how a study was done so that the inquiring reader can judge for herself. This will require going to the citations. For example, he states that the research on critical incident debriefing does not support its efficacy and in fact it may be harmful in some cases. My experience is that this approach is most effective individually or in small groups, whereas it may not be productive in larger ones such an entire work groups where the process can become unwieldy. Lebow's description of the studies on this topic is not sufficient to inform the reader of how this and other interventions were performed. This is a minor criticism. The book is as far as I know the first to provide a reference for research findings that the working therapist can actually use.