After 30 years "in the business", I rejoice in finding material that is beyond theoretical. This book is grounded in research AND it offers applications in every chapter to help a practitioner in any therapeutic profession enlarge their repetoire of interactive technique. I see it as a great tool to use with interns and of value to experienced therapists who want to challenge themselves to be able to do more.
I was preparing for a performance review at work and read a good portion of this book, and took the self assessment on personal strengths and areas of growth. I've found this very helpful with developing my therapeutic use of self, and thought this was a great book! I wish they had gone over forming therapeutic relationships with patients more when I was in OT school.
I needed this for class. Good information and well written but probably not useful after this class (because when you read it once, you pretty much get it). Also, my professor basically covered it all in lecture. I would not buy it unless you are required to take it to class or have a harder time understanding info from lecture- at least for me, using the library copy would have sufficed.
not very useful i didn't read much of it i believe that i will learn how to build relationships once i start practicing. i don't think it is something you can learn by reading a book of other peoples experiences