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Psychoanalytic Case Formulation Hardcover – March 26, 1999
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"This beautifully written, uniquely accessible guide to the psychoanalytic understanding of clinical cases will be of immense value to students and practitioners of all theoretical persuasions. I predict it will be among the most important and widely used books in this field for years to come." --George E. Atwood, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
"Psychoanalytic Case Formulation is a worthy successor to Psychoanalytic Diagnosis. Nancy McWilliams has a pellucid writing style that brings complex concepts within the easy grasp of the reader. She has produced a book that is intelligently psychoanalytic without being restricted to any single vision of psychoanalysis. The critical concepts are developed well and the issues important to assessment--a concept that goes well beyond diagnosis--are explicated clearly and helpfully. This is a rare book that can serve as a text for beginning students and still has much to offer to accomplished professionals." --George Stricker, PhD, The Derner Institute, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
From the Publisher
- Publisher : The Guilford Press; 1st edition (March 26, 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1572304626
- ISBN-13 : 978-1572304628
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.32 x 0.94 x 9.18 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a great text to orient the beginning therapist in building a nuanced multi-faceted evaluation of the factors influencing the clients or patients one sees. Without a broad and large perspective, you can't deliver effective therapy of any sort -- and McWilliams goes a great job of reminding us to look at the clients from all angles, social or psychological or medical, as well as the dimension of personality and personality functioning.
Some people think this book is only for beginners. I disagree. It seems simple because McWilliams is a gifted writer and teacher, and has a knack to explain the most difficult concepts with everyday language that a 6 year old would understand. If you want an easy read with a lot of substance, read McWilliams. If you want a painful read with little substance, read Lacan (haha.) I am a beginner therapist, and this book has helped me immensely. The professor that recommended it has been practising for 35 years and *still* finds it useful. (Note: he is a renowned clinician and scholar... not just anybody)
Every sentence counts. There is no superfluous material here. You get your every penny's worth of information. The book is also a page-turner--since when is a textbook supposed to be this enjoyable??? And McWilliams, who is obviously comfortable in her own skin, does not show the dogmatism that is typical in other writers. She is open to admit the usefulness of other approaches to therapy, and this very openness makes this text a useful resource for anyone interested in psychotherapy, even if they are coming from a different approach (cognitive behavioral, humanistic...).
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J'ai trouvé qu'elle va plus loin dans le dévoilement de soi, de ses convictions et de ses axiomes de travail que dans PD. En ce sens, le livre m'apparaît plus clinique ; les exemples de cas donnés sont plus concrets. Pour le meilleur et pour le pire: j'ai trouvé ce livre moins solide que PD; peut-être parce que mes attentes étaient trop élevées?
McWilliams revient avec la théorie Control Mastery (voir Joseph Weiss, 2015 : San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group: Clinic and Training Center sur le Web) avec beaucoup plus de détails que dans PD, dans le chapitre sur les pensées iatrogènes (pathological beliefs), où elle se montre moins orthodoxe et présente en quoi des considérations plus liées à la tradition cognitiviste peuvent éclairer une compréhension psychanalytique d'un client/patient.
Ce que j'ai surtout aimé de ce livre est que je trouve plus facile d'organiser mes observations selon chacun des thèmes proposés.
Really helpful and well written!