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Essential Psychotherapies, Third Edition

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I. INTRODUCTION1. Contemporary Issues in Psychotherapy Theory, Practice, and Research: A Framework for Comparative Study, Stanley B. Messer and Alan S. GurmanII. PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACHES2. Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, David L. Wolitzky3. Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Rebecca Coleman Curtis and Irwin HirschIII. BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE APPROACHES4. Behavior Therapy: Traditional Approaches, Martin M. Antony and Lizabeth Roemer5. Cognitive Therapy, Kimberly A. Dienes, Susan Torres-Harding, Mark A. Reinecke, Arthur Freeman, and Ann Sauer6. Behavior Therapy: Functional-Contextual Approaches, William C. Follette and Glenn M. CallaghanIV. EXPERIENTIAL AND HUMANISTIC APPROACHES7. Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Related Experiential Approaches, Arthur C. Bohart and Jeanne C. Watson8. Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapies, Kirk J. SchneiderVI. SYSTEMS-ORIENTED APPROACHES9. Family Therapies, Nadine J. Kaslow, Jeshmin Bhaju, and Marianne P. Celano10. Couple Therapies, Alan S. GurmanVII. OTHER INFLUENTIAL MODELS OF THERAPEUTIC PRACTICE11. Brief Psychotherapies, Michael F. Hoyt12. Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy, George Stricker and Jerry Gold13. Group Psychotherapies, Virginia Brabender

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Stanley B. Messer, PhD, is Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he was Chairperson of the Department of Clinical Psychology for 9 years. He is interested in the application of psychodynamic theory and research to the brief and integrative therapies and has contributed to the debate on evidence-based practice. The author or editor of a number of books and many articles and book chapters, Dr. Messer is currently Associate Editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy and serves on several other editorial boards. He is an American Psychological Association Fellow in the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Dr. Messer maintains a private practice in Highland Park, New Jersey. Alan S. Gurman, PhD, until his death in 2013, was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he edited and wrote many influential books; was a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and was former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman received numerous awards for his contributions to couple and family therapy, including the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He also received the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.


"Essential Psychotherapies is a classic. In the third edition, Messer and Gurman have once again accomplished their goal of providing a thorough exposition of the most important approaches of our field. The chapters are written by foremost authors who cover the waterfront from treatments with deep historical roots (such as dynamic and humanistic approaches) to those associated with empirical traditions (such as behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches), as well as those at the cutting edge (such as third-wave behavioral treatments). There is no more comprehensive and informative volume on this topic. It is the definitive resource for psychotherapy theories courses."--Bruce E. Wampold, PhD, ABPP, Department of Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison "All students, regardless of their theoretical preferences, need to be well versed in the major models of psychotherapy practice. Clinical training faculty have come to depend on this text to provide the essential information about each major model. In the third edition, Messer and Gurman demonstrate their awareness of evolving models by including a chapter on mindfulness, acceptance, and other 'third-wave' behavioral therapies. Instructors will enthusiastically choose this book as a primary text for their classes on psychotherapy theories."--JoEllen Patterson, PhD, LMFT, Department of Counseling and Marital and Family Therapy, University of San Diego; Divisions of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Global Health, University of California, San Diego "This book has become a classic in the field. The editors provide an organizational framework for each chapter that makes it easy to compare the therapies. Each chapter presents a different therapy approach, including integrative therapies, and covers both theory and practice, with an extended case example and a section on research. This is an invaluable text for undergraduate and graduate courses on psychotherapy; in my experience, it has been very well received by students. It is one of the best psychotherapy resources I have come across in a long time."--Hal Arkowitz, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona "This book offers a round-the-world tour of psychotherapy for both the student and the experienced practitioner. Chapters by distinguished experts reveal the breadth of the field, highlighting controversies, underlining similarities, taking on sacred cows, and celebrating traditions. Undergraduate teachers, graduate seminar leaders, and training directors will value the structure and clarity of the book as it tackles thorny, unresolved issues of relationship versus technique, integration versus specific models, and the nature of empirical support."--Richard F. Summers, MD, Co-Director of Residency Training, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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