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Becoming a Therapist: What Do I Say, and Why?by Suzanne L. Bender
Synopses & Reviews
Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-321) and index.
Book News Annotation:
Bender and Messner (both are psychiatrists at Massachusetts General Hospital and teach at Harvard Medical School) have written a practical text that will be appropriate for new practitioners and graduate courses in psychotherapy. The day-to-day workings of a therapist's practice are discussed, with tips and sample paperwork (where appropriate) supplemented by examples of dialogue with patients for various types of encounters. Topics include the initial meeting, eliciting history, billing, screening, and therapeutic dilemmas.
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This book provides students and novice clinicians with nuts-and-bolts advice about the process of doing therapy, starting with the first contact with a new patient. Filling a typical gap in clinical training, the book focuses on such real-world tasks as setting up appointments and discussing payment, conducting effective assessments while setting patients at ease, and dealing with mundane and serious clinical concerns, including suicidality. Featured are a wealth of sample therapist-patient dialogues that bring each situation to life. Suzanne Bender and Edward Messner--a junior clinician and a seasoned practitioner and supervisor--provide a unique, combined perspective on how therapy is conducted, what works and what doesn't work in treatment, and how to take care of oneself as a clinician. Each chapter opens with a concise summary and concludes with a list of key terms. The book also includes a helpful glossary and suggestions for further reading.
About the Author
Suzanne Bender, MD, is a Staff Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she works with children and adolescents, and Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed an adult psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at MGH. Dr. Bender received the MGH Psychiatry Department's Psychodynamic Writing Award in 1998. She also has a private practice, specializing in psychotherapy with adolescents and adults.
Edward Messner, MD, is a Senior Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the United States Air Force School of Aviation Medicine. After his military service, Dr. Messner's psychiatric training consisted of 2 years of adult residency at the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, a year of child fellowship at the Thom Clinic in Boston, and then 2 years as a clinical and research fellow at MGH. He also completed psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. During Dr. Messner's career in the highly rated MGH Psychiatry Department, he has earned the Teacher of the Year award six times.
Table of Contents
I. The Consultation
1. First Contact
2. The First Moments
3. Initiating an Alliance and Assessing Safety
4. Enhancing the Therapeutic Alliance and Eliciting History
5. Collecting a Psychosocial History and Screening for Common Psychological Disorders
6. Formulating a Treatment Plan
II. Frame and Variations
7. The Frame
8. Setting the Fee and Billing
9. Telephone Calls: From Dependencies to Emergencies
10. No-Shows, Late Arrivals, and Late Departures
11. Confidentiality and Its Limits
12. Substance Abuse
13. Integrating Psychopharmacology with Psychotherapy
IV. Therapeutic Dilemmas
14. Management of Impasses
15. Empathic Lapses
16. Transference and Countertransference
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