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Theory and Practice Of Brief Therapy - Simon H. Budman

Theory and Practice Of Brief Therapy

Paperback Published: 13th August 2002
ISBN: 9781572308213
Number Of Pages: 402

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This classic work provides a richly textured overview of the "whys" and "hows" of brief therapy. The authors identify the central features of effective, time-limited interventions for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Taking a developmental approach to treatment, they explain how brief therapy can help at different times in a patient's life, as changes and transitions bring on new stresses and challenges. A practical framework is provided for selecting and screening patients, rapidly finding a focus for clinical work, and making optimal use of available time. Case examples and extensive transcripts are included to illustrate the use of strategies and techniques drawn from many different psychotherapy perspectives. Throughout, the focus is on creative and efficient ways to help patients build on existing strengths and make desired changes in their interactions with others.

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"This book is an excellent antidote to seat-of-the-pants brief therapy as it is commonly practiced...and it is a must in the process of retraining....Budman and Gurman have given us not only the theory and rationale that will make one a believer in brief therapy, but also the techniques that will make one a good brief therapist."--Nicholas A. Cummings, PhD

"This volume has set the standard for works on brief psychotherapy. It offers a well-conceived combination of thoughtful consideration and empirically based evidence. Budman and Gurman capture the essential qualities that are common to many forms of brief therapy, while discussing applications to a variety of specific problems and populations. Accessibly written, this is an ideal resource and text for graduate-level students."--Thomas H. Peake, PhD, ABPP, School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology

"Highly recommended! Will likely become the standard in the field."--Gerald L. Klerman, MD

The Practice of Brief Therapy: An Introductionp. 1
The Historical Contextp. 1
Defining Brief Therapy: How Long Is "Short," and to Whom?p. 4
The Effectiveness of Brief Therapy--by Design and by Defaultp. 6
Attitudinal and Systems Limitation Factors in Brief Therapyp. 10
Technical Treatment Issues in Brief Therapyp. 17
Patient Selection for Brief Therapyp. 21
Initiating Brief Therapyp. 26
The Issue of Focus in Brief Psychotherapyp. 27
An I-D-E Checklistp. 36
Maximizing Therapeutic Leverage during Initial Contactsp. 46
Common Foci in Brief Therapy and Some Basic Assumptionsp. 62
The Five Most Common Focip. 63
The Process of Finding a Focusp. 66
Brief Intervention: Some Assumptionsp. 67
Conclusionp. 73
Lossesp. 74
Interpersonal Lossesp. 74
Existential Lossesp. 78
The Brief Therapy of Interpersonal and Existential Lossesp. 82
Therapist Pitfalls in the Brief Treatment of Lossesp. 95
Developmental Dysynchronyp. 97
Perspectives on the Course of Emotional Developmentp. 97
Points of Vulnerability to Developmental Dysynchronyp. 102
The Brief Therapy of Developmental Dysynchronyp. 104
Therapist Pitfalls in Dealing with Developmental Dysynchronyp. 119
Marital and Family Conflicts: Early Treatment Issues and Assessmentp. 120
The Long Tradition of Brief Marital and Family Therapyp. 121
Values of the Brief Therapist Treating Marital and Family Problemsp. 122
Initiating Brief Marital and Family Therapyp. 123
Marital and Family Assessmentp. 148
The Brief Therapy of Marital and Family Conflictsp. 163
Brief Therapy of Extramarital Affairsp. 165
Stage Theory and Marital/Family Dissolutionp. 169
Symptomatic Presentations: the Uses of Clinical Hypnosisp. 188
A History of Clinical Hypnosisp. 190
Controversies in Hypnosisp. 192
Preparing a Patient for Hypnosisp. 195
Hypnotic Inductionp. 197
Specific Problem Areasp. 202
Conclusionsp. 213
Treating Personality Disordersp. 214
The Nature of Personality Disordersp. 215
Classification of Personality Disordersp. 216
Psychotherapy with Personality-Disordered Patientsp. 218
A Theoretical Model for Intervention with Personality-Disordered Patientsp. 223
Treatment of Specific Character Clustersp. 231
Interminable Brief Therapy for Severe Borderline Character Disordersp. 242
Concluding Commentsp. 245
Time-Limited Group Psychotherapyp. 246
Length of Treatment in Short-Term Group Psychotherapyp. 247
Central Aspects of Short-Term Group Therapyp. 248
Phases of Short-Term Group Psychotherapyp. 268
Conclusionsp. 282
Time and Terminationp. 283
The Use of Time in Brief Psychotherapyp. 283
The Issue of Terminationp. 285
Case Examplesp. 290
A Case Transcriptp. 302
David: Session 1p. 303
David: Session 2p. 313
David: Session 3p. 323
David: Session 4p. 333
David and Lisa: Session 5p. 342
David and Lisa: Session 6p. 350
David and Lisa: Session 7p. 363
Referencesp. 373
Subject Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9781572308213
ISBN-10: 1572308214
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 402
Published: 13th August 2002
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57