Hardcover: 462 pages
Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn; 1 edition (March 1999)
Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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I found this text to be of great help. The contributing chapters and the topics covered are fantastic. The authors take therapy constructs that have always been detailed in writing styles far too thick and complex and now describes them in descriptions much easier to understand, all the better for the transfer from theory to practice. While certainly pointed at the field of therapy, this book speaks to many of the "helping" disciplines---more can be "therapeutic" by aligning with these "common factors." The authors give great review to the ingredients to effective interventions and behavior change. When I finished this book, I was left with the impression that although everyone may not be in the "therapy business" this book shows how many who "help" can now be far more involved in the positive behavior change business.I read this with relish. A genuine "Thanks" to all those who contributed to this book. I can't say enough about it.
This book challenged what I was taught to do when doing therapy. The book inspired me--made me think about new ways to view "stuck" cases. The case examples were powerful and the writing was excellent. A bit of interspersed humor made the reading interesting. I highly reccommend this book to anyone in the field of therapy. In fact, I suggest reading this book before going in to the field so that one can avoid becoming pigeon-holed into any certain formal, traditional model of therapy.
If you are a mental health provider in an agency or private practice you must read this book. As a Marriage and Family Therapy student this book was assigned for class. My time is short and classes are long. This book, however, I couldn't put down. Every chaper is helpful and makes a lasting impression on how I see clients and how I do therapy. Buy the book and read it. It will forever change your practice and how you see clients as agents of change, joining as critical, and theories as less important.
The single best 'why' as well as 'how to' therapy manual I've read in 30 years of practice. Why didn't I think of actually asking my patients a few simple, but highly predictive questions whose answers give me a way to see/chart the success of the treatment/therapy.Why didn't they tell me in advanced stat. that all treatments work, but finding one that works for this patient...well it's not treatment informed therapy , it's patient informed treatment. You can do it , change the way you practice for the better, and measure your patient's progress. Now come on - what other single 'practice' volume can say that?
Based on the strong literature review, professionals in the human services field may well see an improvement in their clinical outcomes if they follow the suggestions in this book.
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