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The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion (Psychological Issues) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0742564176
ISBN-10: 0742564177
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Bristling with recognizable and illuminating case vignettes, this long overdue book starts right where the beginner lives, in anxiety and confusion, and then - patiently, reassuringly, comprehensively, supportively - provides practical answers to the question every beginner invariably asks: "But what do I do?" As an added bonus, ethical and risk management issues are also covered in clear, clinically savvy language. All beginner and trainees should have this book on their shelves. (Thomas G. Gutheil, MD)

I wish The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion had been available when I began seeing clients. Without talking down to readers or overwhelming them with excess detail, Jan Willer manages to educate them about virtually everything their graduate programs left out of their training. The writing is lively, readable, and full of clinical illustrations that support the author's incomparably useful advice. This book not only fills a critical gap in the literature for early-career practitioners, but also can be tapped by therapists of any experience level when they inevitably find themselves facing new clinical challenges. (McWilliams, Nancy Ph.D)

Jan Willer has written a book that is a lodestone for new therapists and should be a must-read for them. She has provided much needed information on numerous topics, some of which are not discussed elsewhere, and presented the material in a way that is very readable and easy to comprehend. Additionally, this book is is diversity-sensitive and uses examples to illustrate many of the topics. I learned things in reading it (even though I've been in practice for 25 years) and recommend it highly. (Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D.)

Beginning therapists face cascading challenges that can be confusing and intimidating. Dr. Willer has provided an informative and reassuring guide to an amazing diversity of topics that can trip up the unaware therapist: self-doubt, self-presentation, fees, boundary crossings, charting, web sites, referrals, informed consent, crisis readiness, medications, mandated reporting, and burnout prevention, to name but a few examples. Beginning psychotherapists of all disciplines and theoretical orientations will find here an immensely useful and user-friendly resource. (Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D.)

The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion should be on the bookshelf (or desk) of every soon-to-be or newly practicing psychotherapist. It contains the kind of information rarely taught in graduate school and often acquired only through trial and, all too often, error. Willer's sage advice is nuanced enough to address the real-world complexities of contemporary psychotherapy and concrete enough to reduce the universal anxiety among new practitioners. The book masterfully synthesizes theory, research, and practice in a clear and engaging fashion. It contains culturally diverse clinical vignettes, thought provoking discussion questions, and useful recommendations for additional reading on a broad array of topics. I will recommend it to all of my practice-bound students. (Jeffrey A. Hayes, Ph.D.)

Every new and early career therapist has countless questions about the nuts and bolts of conducting psychotherapy, handling common clinical dilemmas, and the supervisory process. The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion presents a roadmap with practical guidelines and insightful suggestions for mastering the myriad challenges encountered by therapists early in their career. This readable and engaging book offers the essential details for becoming and being an ethical, responsible, compassionate, and effective psychotherapist. It also provides tools for benefiting maximally from supervision, engaging in rejuvenating self-care, and having a successful career as a psychotherapist. This book is a great idea and every new psychotherapist will want to have this well-written and comprehensive book in their "back-pocket," on their PDA, or simply on their bookshelf. (Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP)

About the Author

Jan Willer, Ph.D. is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. As a former psychology internship training director, she has lectured, taught and published on mental health training. She has a private practice in Chicago, IL.

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Product Details

  • Series: Psychological Issues
  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; 1 edition (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742564177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742564176
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author brings together into one place so many of the things we need to know and consider, regardless of setting -- everything from from inpatient to community mental health to private practice. She covers everything from how to handle phone calls to fee collection to crisis intervention to assessment to treatment. She combines her own practical experience with ample citations to the relevant literature and references to additional resources if needed. This can also be of value to those with experience -- there are sure to be multiple kernels of practical wisdom to be found here. I am very appreciative that this book was recommended to me.
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This is an ideal book for incoming social work, psychology and psychiatry residents
starting their field work or internship where they will be seeing patients for psychotherapy.

In a question and answer format, Willer
raises many, many issues that will confront the new therapist and gives practical
guidance. Actually, this should be read over the summer once the placement
is set up. At over 400 pages, it cannot be thoughtfully consumed
overnight...but it can be digested during the month before your placement begins.

The student will learn how to deal with these issues eventually, or in
supervision, but I feel that this will propel and raise the learning curve
tremendously, and make for a more seasoned intern and more accomplished
field experience.

Everyone gains: the intern, the supervisor, the agency, the field
liason...and especially the clients.
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I purchased this book after it was recommended by one of my professors. Some of the information was what one should have learned in an ethics course. However, if you did not have a strong instructor for ethics ( or maybe didn't pay much attention in the course ;) ) you may find this to be a fantastic resource. I skimmed through it quickly and realized that there were procedures that I needed to do (such as how to write an accurate progress note)that I was not even aware of until I read the book! It also has a lot of helpful resources in the back. I consider this book to be somewhat of a "security blanket" for new therapists or students who have a lot to learn in a short amount of time. Essentially, it outlines a wide range of important topics and also provides you with more resources should you need a more in depth understanding.
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I wasn't sure about this book but so far it is amazing- it is a better more complete version of the Meyers book on beginning therapy- I will surely keep this in my library and give it as gifts to future interns or supervisees.
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