- Series: Core Competencies in Psychotherapy
- Paperback: 233 pages
- Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 2 edition (March 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585623857
- ISBN-13: 978-1585623853
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This revision of Dr. Gabbard's introductory "course" in psychodynamic psychotherapy is a gift to all students of this complex yet essential form of treatment. An already outstanding volume is much improved by thoughtful additions to the text and accompanying videos that bring the words alive. It is like have one of the great clinician/educators of our time in the room, steadily opening doors to understanding. --David A. Goldberg, M.D., Chair and Residency Training Director, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, Past Executive Director and President, Association of American, Director's of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT)
Glen Gabbard s extensive clinical experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy provides the backdrop for this superb textbook for the beginning and intermediate-level psychodynamic psychotherapist. Once again Dr. Gabbard has provided for trainees and practitioners lucid descriptions of the key concepts and history of psychodynamic psychotherapy, technique, and therapeutic action, amply illustrated with well-chosen clinical vignettes. The addition of findings from cognitive neuroscience studies of unconscious mental functioning, psychodynamic psychotherapy efficacy studies and the updated section on evaluating core competencies bring the reader up to date with advances in the field." --Lisa A. Mellman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training
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Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text, by leading psychotherapist and educator Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., instructs in both the core principles of this fundamental treatment modality and its practice in real-world treatment settings. This second edition expands on the theoretical, technical, and clinical issues addressed in the popular first edition.
Since the first edition appeared in 2004, rigorous research revealed in major psychiatric and psychological journals has further confirmed the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy and how it can improve the lives of patients over time. Those findings make a thorough understanding of key concepts, assessment, indications, formulation, interventions, and the goals of therapy crucial for emerging psychotherapy professionals. An innovative feature of the new edition is a companion DVD in which the author brings the text to life, giving psychiatric residents and other mental health professionals an invaluable glimpse of a senior clinician at work. The DVD illustrates key clinical problems encountered in psychiatry, psychology, or social work and gives proven solutions gathered over many years of actual clinical experience.
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It is actually a short book only being 210 pages. However, it covers a lot of ground and does it in a way that is easy to read. It introduces key concepts right at the beginning then it goes into assessment, indications and formulation. The next two chapters cover the nuts and bolts of psychotherapy and the role of the therapist. As a whole, the text does a great job of covering the end-to-end therapeutic process.
There are a lot of books on this topic, but this one is very clear, well-organized and covers the most important topics in just enough detail. There is not much fluff in this book and the clinical examples are useful and not overdone.
Now to the point: the dvd which has 3 vignettes that are actually excellent and worth the money in themselves (and are performed by professional actresses/actor)still leaves me wishing there were many more(as you find in http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Cognitive-Behavior-Therapy-Illustrated-COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOR/dp/B001TKWF3U/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329982370&sr=1-2)!
But worse still the dvd slip in the back is terrible. My dvd keeps sliding out of the slip as once the slip has been initially opened, the top is from then on, always open. True, I could put the dvd in a case but then its just one more thing to keep track of. At any rate, my disk is all scraped up and I've only gotten to watch the vignettes twice and furthermore, my other dvds are all in excellent shape so it's not a matter of negligence.This could be easily fixed in a new edition or can be modified by including a free dvd case and a rubberband to hold it to the book.
Nevertheless, such a manufacturing error shouldn't dissuade someone interested in LTPP to not get this book, which is why I only docked the darn thing 1 star. Indeed, I am going through my second time reading this book as I greatly appreciate it.
So ultimately, I hope to see these 2 issues addressed if/when there is a 3rd edition. At any rate, if there's one thing I don't regret it was getting this book. If you're entering into the study of LTPP, I highly recommend it!
Many factors contribute to the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; this will be only a brief overview. In part, analytic psychotherapy and analysis work through an individual gaining increased self-understanding. In this, analysis follows the wisdom that goes back thousands of years even to Socrates, who advised "Know Thyself," and "The unexamined life is not worth living." The analytic process is not merely intellectual or cognitive, however.
Equally essential is that psychoanalytic self-understanding is achieved in the context of a uniquely beneficial relationship with the therapist or analyst. As the American Psychoanalytic Association has writen in its pamphlet, 'About Psychoanalysis', "Analytic therapy can be viewed as an intimate partnership, in the course of which the patient becomes aware of the underlying sources of his or her difficulties, not simply intellectually, but emotionally as well - in part by re-experiencing them with the analyst. From the beginning of therapy, patient and analyst work together to build up a safe and trusting relationship that enables the patient to experience aspects of his or her inner life that have been hidden because they are painful, embarrassing, or guilt-provoking." Often, it has been the individual's unconscious struggle over many years with these same uncomfortable feelings, urges, memories, or thoughts that has issued in symptoms or unfortunate patterns of behavior or relationships. It is these symptoms and patterns that have made him suffer anxiety or depression, or that have interfered with intimacy, created low self-esteem, inhibited optimal functioning, or prevented adequate pleasure and satisfaction in life.
Becoming aware of what one has been struggling with, and how one has carried out that struggle, eventually allows the person to see himself more clearly and objectively, and to gain mastery over aspects of himself that previously were problematic. One thereby gains inner freedom, confidence and self-respect, enabling one to realize his or her inner creative potential, take new steps, and try out different approaches which offer greater hope for happiness and success.
This text by Glenn Gabbard I have found quite useful in teaching to psychiatric residents the basic concepts and techniques of dynamic psychotherapy
Samuel T Goldberg, MD.Using the Transference in Psychotherapy
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