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Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm documents and critiques the ascent of social activism over open-minded scintific inquiry and quality care in the current menatl health establishment. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about menatl health care in this country. The book casts a eye on much of the psychological and psychiatric professional associations' social activism over the last 30 years. Drs. Wright and Cummings cannot be dismissed as disgruntled conservatives. Their deeds validate their claim to be lifelong liberal activists..
–Washington Times, The (DC), Warren Throckmorton, associate professor of psychology and fellow foe psychology anf public policy., 01/03/2006

This book may be the read of the year for mental health practitioners. It is the most sweeping critique (and often indictment) of the mental health professions in recent memory. It is occasionally freewheeling, unfettered, and polemical on the one hand, and precise and surgical on the other. Readers are going to either love it or hate it. This is a wide-ranging provocative book that offers a sweeping critique of several areas of science, practice, and the profession that may be valuable in stimulating discussion as we look ahead. It provides an important voice in a growing chorus demanding reform.
–Frank Farley and V.K. Kumar, Reviewers, Contemporary Psychology, 06/07/2005

According to Cummings, self- interested destructive trends have permeated the mental health professions, threatening harm to the patients who seek their help and betraying the society they are sworn to serve. This book echoes many of the charges that up to now have come from outisde the therapy profession. This isn't a book that can be dismissed as just another ideologically inspired, partisan attack..
–Psychotherapy Networker, Richard Handler, Radio Producer, Jan/Feb 2006

Are you open - minded? If so, this book will captivate, fascinate, and disturb you. If you are unquestioningly married to political correct ideology, you will brand this book conservative dogma and look for reasons to discredit the authors, but ironically, the editors and principal authors are life-long liberal activists. The book leaves few sacred cows un-gored. Nick Cummings wryly gives step by step process for fabricating a new syndrome that would be widely accepted. He posits that by truly integrating psychology with healthcare and casting psychologists as behavioral primary care providers, the number of psychology patients could increase 900%. This book is exciting, profound, and the most thought provoking book ever to be read in at least a decade..
–Independent Practitioner, Michael Brickey, Summer 2005

This book is about the taboos surrounding many controversial subjects. It is such a challenge, the editors, mature and experienced professionals, and book contributors dissect many aspects within the field of mental health. These are as pertinent to the practice of social work as they are to psychology.This book is not to be overlooked. It has a plethora of references, primarily from psychology even though many of the subjects have been presented in the recent social work as well as the psychiatric and psychoanalytic literature. It is well written and parts of it are fun to read. Like the child who pointed out the emperor's nakedness, this book will promote reconsideration of many problems in the area of mental health and in the profession of social work. Social workers who like to think and who respect challenges will find this book a must read..
–Florence Lieberman PhD/DSW, Professor Emerata, Hunter College School of Social Work

About the Author

Rogers H. Wright, Ph.D., is currently retired from professional service after a long and distinguished career. Dr Wright was a Co-founder and Partner of Fiske, Levy & Wright Psychological Consultants to Management for almost 40 years, before serving as CEO of the Association for the Advancement of Psychology. During his illustrious career, Dr. Wright was elected as President of Division 31 of the APA, once in 1969 - the year he founded the division - and again in 1986, the California State Psychological Association (2 terms), and the APA's Division of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Wright has served as the Chair of a number of organizations and has been the recipient of an astounding array of professional honors and awards.

Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, and President, Foundation for Behavioral Health at the University of Nevada at Reno. Dr. Cummings is a Past-President of the American Psychological Association and founder of American Biodyne, the first behavioral healthcare HMO

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415950864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415950862
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Peter Corn on September 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was dumbstruck when I first read famed author and psychiatrist Victor Frankl's Man's Search of Meaning. In particular, after his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, he had the insight to recognize that "Freedom is only part of the story and half the truth.... that is why I recommend that the statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplanted by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast."

Despite being an avid student of psychology, this simple statement helped me understand that psychology did not have the answers for me with regards to what it is to be human. Thus, I have pursued a journey to rediscover my meaning of life. I put down the psychology texts and journals and found myself reading philosophy, history and spiritual material again.

With their composition of Destructive Trends in Mental Health, Roger Wright and Nicholas Cummings have created a text that should help us with this journey and disregard much of the recent ideological psychological theories. Wright, Cummings and their scholarly contributors appear to have experienced a similar journey of frustration and conflict in dealing with the psychology professions parochial 'liberal' ideology. They have put together a masterpiece collection of essays describing in detail psychology's ideological path of liberalism and the very unscientific and destructive nature of this direction. The text is organized in three main sections:

1. The usurpation of psychology by the Political Correctness, Sensitivity and Diversity movements of the profession;

2. The economic decline in funding for psychology treatment as well as opportunism direction of the ideological proponents of the profession; and

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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A. Dean Byrd on August 4, 2005
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Destructive Trends in Mental Health deserves the distinction for being the most important book of the decade, perhaps of the last several decades, in mental heath. Its authors have re-instilled faith in psychology---faith that there remains honorable men and women whose passion for the profession will no longer allow them to stay silent in the midst of abuses of power, acts of discrimination and worldview intolerance, and the repeated misrepresentation of activism as science. Perhaps if APA does not begin to regulate itself, the legislatures, the public and the courts will.

This book will be mandated reading for every course in professional ethics that I teach in addition to required reading for every psychology intern or psychiatric resident that I supervise.

A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D., MBA, MPH

Clinical Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Nelson on July 19, 2005
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How refreshing to find an honest confrontation of the growing tyranny of political correctness in psychology by two of the American Psychological Association's most distinguished members! I've practiced and taught clinical psychology for the past 26 years, witnessing in my time a dire shift from an open-minded liberal humanism focused on helping well intended people help themselves to a doctrinaire, Marxist inspired championing of dysfunctional psychopathology based on illiberal group classifications of race, class and victim identity. Psychotherapy must, first of all, be honest with itself and it's potential clients if it is to continue to be a credible healing profession in our society. Rogers Wright and Nicholas Cummings have done a great service to my profession in the editing and writing of Destructive Trends in Mental Health.

Frank Nelson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By obwiser on June 24, 2005
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This book is not written by conservatives! Rather, the authors are two self-identified "lifelong liberal activists" and significant leaders of the American Psychological Association (APA), who tenaciously decry the illiberalism of their fellow psychologists.

Rogers H. Wright and Nicholas A. Cummings have no small reputation in the APA with the following roles being a small taste of what their academic lives are like:

* Wright is a past president of Division 12, founding president of Division 31, founding president of the Council for the Advancement of the Psychological Professions and Sciences (CAPPS), Fellow of the APA, a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, the recipient of an honorary doctorate and a distinguished practitioner of the National Academies of Practice.

* Cummings is currently distinguished professor, University of Nevada, president of the Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health, chairs the boards of both the Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation and CareIntegra. He is past president of the APA Division 12 and Division 29 as well as the recipient of five honorary doctorates for contributions to psychology, education, and the Greek Classics. He is the recipient of psychology's Gold Medal for lifetime contributions to practice.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Helen Smith on November 18, 2005
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I just want to say thank you to the authors of this outstanding book--it gives me hope that my profession will not be hijacked by the cultural fascists of the left. What else do you call it when the APA openly makes fun of our current administration at their conventions, shows left-leaning documentaries like "Outfoxed" (without the equivelent of showing right-leaning ones like "Michael Moore Hates America"), and equates Zionism with racism. The book should be read by anyone who cares about freedom in the area of speech, research and education.
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