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Humanistic Psychology: A Clinical Manifesto. A Critique of Clinical Psychology and the Need for Progressive Alternatives Paperback – October 1, 2009

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Universities of the Rockies Press (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976463881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976463887
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David N. Elkins, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a professor emeritus of psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University where he trained psychotherapists for 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has served twice as president of Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology, of APA. He has worked in hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings. Dr. Elkins is the author of three books: Beyond Religion (1998), Humanistic Psychology: A Clinical Manifesto (2009), and The Human Elements of Psychotherapy: A Nomedical Model of Emotional Healing (in press). His book Beyond Religon (see amazon.com) is about spirituality as a universal and deeply healing human phenomenon. His book Humanistic Psychology: A Clinical Manifesto (see amazon.com) presents a critique of contemporary clinical psychology and points the way to a more humane and compassionate profession. The Human Elements of Psychotherapy: A Nonmedical Model of Emotional Healing (to be published in September, 2015) shows that we are evolved to heal one another emotionally through human connection and social interaction and that psychotherapy is an expression of this evolutionarily derived ability.
Dr. Elkins currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David C. Young on December 16, 2009
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Elkins' book is misnamed, as it shouldn't be limited to psychology. Though "Manifesto" fits well: it describes basic principles that have strong training, practice & political implications. "Manifesto" also points to what's manifest, what's obvious in light of most-recent science.

Summarizing the many good meta-analyses of psychotherapy research over the past 15 years or so, Elkins makes several key points. First, psychotherapy is, indeed, proven effective. Second, brief psychotherapy has not been established as always equally effective to longer forms. (See his Chapter 2, "Short-Term, Linear Approaches to Psychotherapy: What We Now Know".) And third, what heals, what "works" about psychotherapy isn't mostly diagnosis & technique, isn't the medical model & the "manual model" of the so-called "empirically supported treatments" (which, by the way, I often use). Psychotherapy heals through "contextual factors", meaning those factors "common to all therapeutic systems", common to all psychotherapies - cognitive-behavioral, family therapy, psychodynamic therapy and even humanistic therapy. Contextual factors include: the alliance between therapist and client, personal qualities of the therapist, the relationship between client and therapist, client expectations & resources, "a plausible rationale and set of procedures", etc. (See especially, Chapter 3, "Empirically Supported Treatments: The Deconstruction of a Myth".)

Much of this has been well-demonstrated, and further demonstrations are continuing. Two key books that extensively, carefully review the psychotherapy research evidence --
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I purchased this book for a class on Existential/Humanistic theory and was fairly disappointed. Elkins has set out to deliver a book on the "Why" behind humanistic theory and though he does meet his point, a great deal of the book is spend knocking other school's of thought, particularly CBT. If more of this book was focused on Humanistic theory, it's application, advancements, future considerations, this could make for a solid read, but alas, that all seemed to be background noise.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Griff on September 11, 2013
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This title reveals the forgotten truth of psychotherapy, taking one back to the time of Carl Rogers and an awareness that psychotherapy is about the human element, while moving away from the medical model which has been become the current zeitgeist in the field.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jjdhmi on September 15, 2013
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I agree with the author, but this is written as an argument that is oversimplified and naive. Yes, organized psychology has moved away from humanism, and yes, that's a bad development, but this book didn't tells e anything I didn't know, and the proposed solutions to fix the problem are unrealistic.
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