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Psychotherapy Relationships that Work: Therapist Contributions and Responsiveness to Patients 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195143461
ISBN-10: 0195143469
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"This book is clearly written and presents material with which anyone interested in increasing therapy effectiveness should be familiar." --Susan Llewelyn, Course Director, Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology

"One is struck with the thoroughness of all the chapters and the care and detail of presentation." Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention

"Psychotherapy Relationships That Work is a superb contemporary textbook and reference source for students and professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and understanding of person-related psychotherapy." -Psychotherapy Research

"This edited volume is a welcome addition to the literature on Empirically Supported treatments. The book's unique contribution is on the relationship as the narrative dimension. Professor Norcross has brought together an impressive array of contributors and tackled 21 different dimensions in applied chapters. Also, recommendations on Empirically Supported Treatment are explained from the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychotherapy. Well written, well-explained and a good blend of application make the book an essential addition for practitioners, teachers, and therapy researchers."--The Family Psychologist

"At a time when 'manualized treatments' and psychopharmacological interventions are hot-button issues, it is refreshing to see a compendium of studies that focus on relationships in therapy. It is not that relationships have been sorely neglected in the literature, but here in one place is a comprehensive look at the major research on this important aspect of the therapeutic enterprise."--Donald K. Freedheim, Case Western Reserve University

About the Author

John C. Norcross is at University of Scranton.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195143469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195143461
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Psychotherapy Relationships That Work" is a much-needed balance to our current near-exclusive focus on psychotherapy "treatments". Research, frankly, shows that relationships are at least, if not more effective than specific treatments for specific disorders. (See, for example, research summaries in the 2nd edition, 2010, The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy.)

"Psychotherapy Relationships That Work" gives excellent in-depth summaries for four crucial aspects of client/therapist relationships. First, what works in the relationship "in general" -- what works with all client/therapist relationships. This includes the client/therapist alliance, therapist empathy, and therapist/client goal consensus & collaboration.

Second, what research shows that doesn't work in the client/therapist relationship: confrontations, negative process, unchecked assumptions, therapist centricity, rigidity, "ostrich behavior" (ignoring "the elephant in the living room") and "procrustean bed" -- forcing the client into the treatment or into a type of relationship.

Third, what research shows that works in individualizing client/therapist relationships. This includes how to adjust/respond to client "resistance" or "reactance", i.e., clients who seem easily provoked or oppositional to therapist in-puts. And it includes adjusting the relationship to the client's functioning level - for DSM folks, the client's Axis V: General Assessment of Functioning or GAF levels. Note: there's far less research on individualizing relationship factors than on generalized relationship factors.
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A multitude of studies and meta-analyses indicate that most, if not all, psychotherapy systems are equivalent in efficacy. This repeated finding suggests that emphasis on research and clinical thinking needs to shift toward what psychotherapies have in common, and how interpersonal processes in the psychotherapeutic relationship contribute to outcome.
Most therapy texts seem to ignore these trends, and focus on a particular psychotherapy approach (e.g., CBT, psychodynamic, schema), without recognizing that they are all likely to have similar effect.
This text fills a needed gap by focusing on "common factors" in different psychotherapies, and processes in the therapeutic relationship that contribute to psychotherapeutic efficacy. The chapters base discussion on empirical research findings without neglecting clinical implementation. Discussion is apppropriately focused on the interpersonal processes contributing to outcome, rather than any theory of change per se.
A highly recommended text for anyone seeking to understand the process of what actually happens in the practice of psychotherapy.
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the organization of the topics in the book with the research + statistical methods and designs plus critical narrative on how the samples were gathered, pros and cons of the research and conclusions on counseling theory and specifically the therapeutic alliance concept is excellent and an easy read. Very disappointed I couldn't get Norcross
subsequent book - expanding to evidence-based responsiveness, 2 ed. (2011) on my Kindle also. Crazy about the kindle and expansive range of books and topics available on this device.
Kathryn L.
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