Synopses & Reviews
This unique book identifies the core competencies shared by expert therapists and helps clinicians--specifically those providing brief dynamic/interpersonal therapy--to develop and apply these competencies in their own work. Neither an abstract theoretical guide nor a cookbook of particular techniques, the book illuminates the ways one learns to engage in effective therapeutic inquiry, intervene flexibly and creatively, and improvise--on a basis of sound theoretical and clinical knowledge--to facilitate progress toward therapeutic goals. Important psychotherapy research findings are interwoven with rich descriptions of the skilled therapist's mental processes and moment-to-moment experiences. The volume's highly accessible style, wealth of illustrative examples, and fresh insights on how learning can be enhanced for both therapist and client make it an ideal professional resource and text.
This book identifies the core competencies shared by expert therapists and helps clinicians—especially those providing brief dynamic/interpersonal therapy—to develop and apply them in their own work. Rather than being a cookbook of particular techniques, the book richly describes therapists' mental processes and moment-to-moment actions as they engage in effective therapeutic inquiry and improvise to help patients achieve their goals. The author integrates the psychotherapy and cognitive science literatures to provide a unique understanding of therapist expertise. Featuring many illustrative examples, the book offers fresh insights into how learning and interpersonal skills can be enhanced for both therapist and client.
About the Author
Jeffrey L. Binder, PhD, ABPP,
is Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology Program of Argosy University/Atlanta (formerly the Georgia School of Professional Psychology). Dr. Binder has served as the director of an outpatient community mental health clinic, helped to develop a private psychiatric hospital, and has had a private practice in psychotherapy. He has been actively involved in practicing and teaching brief psychotherapy since the early 1970s and has presented and published extensively on the topics of brief psychotherapy and psychotherapy training. The book that he coauthored with Hans H. Strupp, Psychotherapy in a New Key: A Guide to Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy,
is a classic in the area of brief dynamic treatment. Dr. Binder is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Table of Contents
1. The Key to Good Psychotherapy2. Competency 1: The Use of Theoretical Models of Personality, Psychopathology, and Therapeutic Process to Guide the Conduct of Psychotherapy3. Competency 2: Problem Formulation and Treatment Planning4. Competency 3: Tracking the Issue That Is the Focus of Therapy5. Competency 4: Planning What to Do and Carrying It Out—The Therapeutic Inquiry6. Competency 4: Planning What to Do and Carrying It Out—Implementing Change7. Competency 5: Relationship Management8. Termination, with Karishma K. Patel9. TrainingEpilogue