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Comment: This comprehensive survey of the leading theories of psychotherapy looks at individual systems of therapy from the systems' theories of personality to their theories of psychopathology and culminating in their theories of the therapeutic process and relationship. The book compares theories and demonstrates how much psychotherapy systems agree on the processes producing change while disagreeing on the content that needs to be changed. The book's integrative framework highlights the many similarities of therapy systems without blurring their essential differences. Personal name has white tape on inside cover. Book has highlighted pages, otherwise crisp and clean book.
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Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis Hardcover – August 14, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0534357047 ISBN-10: 0534357040 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co; 4th edition (August 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534357040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534357047
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,729,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY covers, in a scholarly and balanced manner, a wide range of theories and methods -- which is what we sorely need. When using this book in one of my graduate courses, the students gave me an A+ for assigning this wide ranging and stimulating book."

"In my many years of clinical teaching and training, SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY is the only text I have known to reach such singular comprehensiveness and usefulness in helping students learn the theoretical foundations of psychotherapy. Norcross and Prochaska go beyond conventional descriptions of theories to present integrative perspectives, therapeutic commonalities, outcome research, and future directions. A superb and practical text!"

"SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY is a special book that has a special place among theory books in psychotherapy. Most such books are duly informative, but the Prochaska and Norcross text is in a league of its own in terms of its ability to both inform and engage the reader in the material. It has everything that I look for in such a book: Depth of analysis, extremely clear and crisp writing, sound organization, and evenhandedness in its comparative review of the various theories. Bravo to Prochaska and Norcross for this wonderful accomplishment."

"The authors are to be commended for assembling such a carefully crafted book. They make a serious effort to integrate theory, research, and clinical practice into each chapter." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James O. Prochaska, PhD, is [currently] professor of psychology and director of the Cancer Prevention Research Consortium at the University of Rhode Island and a clinical psychologist in part-time private practice. He has been the principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling over $75 million and has been recognized by the American Psychological Society as one of the five most-cited authors in psychology. His 30 book chapters and over 200 scholarly articles focus on self-change, health promotion, and psychotherapy from a transtheoretical perspective, the subject of his popular book, CHANGING FOR GOOD (with John Norcross and Carlo DiClemente).

John C. Norcross, PhD, is professor [and former chair] of psychology and distinguished university fellow at the University of Scranton and a clinical psychologist in part-time independent practice. Author of more than 250 scholarly articles, Dr. Norcross has written or edited 15 books, the most recent being EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES IN MENTAL HEALTH and PSYCHOTHERAPY RELATIONSHIPS THAT WORK. He is editor-in-chief of the JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: IN SESSION. Among his awards are APA's Distinguished Contributions to Education & Training Award, Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In this, their 4th edition, Prochaska and Norcross have begun to achieve their goal--to make the cross-theoretical themes stronger than the language-bound and often confusing differences among psychotherapy theorists. As they clearly demonstrate, the similar themes among theories of talk therapy are strong and the differences among the leading theories are often subtle.
My graduate students, though, seem to still need some help at times sorting out the authors' voices from those of the original theorists. I hope to see future editions in which the readers' confusions are anticipated better and there is a better "safety net" to hang onto when the illusion of theoretical certainty is withdrawn.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sandor Freud on April 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The authors adequately aquaint the reader with a broad overview of the main theories of psychotherapy and use a language that is accessible to the advanced reader. They also provide personal examples from thier clinical experience that give life to the theories. Brief biographies of the originators of each school of therapy are provided at the beginning of each section which adds an additional personal touch to the theories. Although not extensive, the authors attempt to give the reader empirical data that demonstrates each theory's effectiveness in treating specific disorders. Overall, this is a compact yet comprehensive book that does what a book of its kind sets out to do: find a balance between breadth and depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eRock on May 7, 2013
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If you need to use this book for a class, buy don't rent. It is a resource you will use again and again for years and it's written in a consumable manner, rather than many dry stuffy textbooks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nutritional specialist on December 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have been working in health behavior for about 15 years by now. I have read hundreds if not thousands of articles regarding how to change behaviors.

This book is far from perfect,but: I have found no better text to understand across the theories and experiences I have studied throught the years. I mean, the book itself contains a lot of knowledge. But the book set me in the right path to understand further.

I thought I understood the transtheoretical model from other text books and dozens of articles I read before, I was wrong. Very few texts and authors go deep enough to understand the model.

The beauty is that this book is an attempt to integrate several theoretical frameworks. So you are still free to hold your own paradigm. The ugly part is that it is not the best didactic approach.

Silly people thought that this was a textbook. It is more like food for thought, a book made to trigger reflections on your own paradigm of psychotherapy.
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By Sica on January 30, 2014
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I love this book! I will keep it forever and use it when I go into the clinical field of psychology.
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By M. Zaurov on April 23, 2012
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If you're a student of psychology, have interest in psychotherapy, or plan on being a psychotherapist, this book is worth getting. It gives you a great background in all the different psychotherapy systems and breaks each one down into the essential components, what they all have in common, and their unique qualities.
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