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Contemporary Models of Psychotherapy

A Comparative Analysis



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Contemporary Models of Psychotherapy: A Comparative Analysis by Donald H. Ford
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A revision of the classic 1963 Systems of Psychotherapy, this comprehensive text examines the theory and methodology behind the major schools of psychotherapy using a comparative framework. More than 400 different approaches to psychotherapy have been identified; however, most can be categorized into several major therapy "families." This book recaps the development of each major family's ideology and analyzes some of the leading approaches within each. The authors then introduce models to compare and contrast the theories and methods of each therapy family and demonstrate the evolution of psychotherapy practice.

Table of Contents

HUMANS AS COMPLEX SYSTEMS: A FRAMEWORK FOR COMPARING PSYCHOTHERAPIES. Theories and Models: Tools for Simplifying Complexity. Design Criteria for a Comprehensive Comparative Framework. Understanding Humans as Complex Dynamic Systems: A Comparative Conceptual Framework. Dynamics of Functional and Dysfunctional Development: A Comparative Propositional Framework. Stability-Maintaining and Change-Producing Processes: A Comparative Propositional Framework. SELECTION OF APPROACHES AND ORGANIZATION OF ANALYSES. Traditional Psychoanalysis. Object Relations, Self-Psychology, and Interpersonal Approaches. Humanist Approaches: Existential, Experiential, Gestalt, and Person Centered. Behavior Therapies. Cognitive Therapies. Cognitive-Behavioral and Skill Training Therapies. Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Health. Eclectic and Integrative Approaches. COMPARISONS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY APPROACHES. Metaphysical and Epistemological Issues. Conceptual Models: Aspects of Humans Emphasized. Propositional Models: Organization, Change, and Development. Procedural Models: Psychotherapy Strategies and Methods. Epilogue. References. Indexes.

Author Biography

DONALD H. FORD, PhD, was, until his retirement in 1995, a professor of biobehavioral health and individual and family studies as well as Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University. A prolific author, his recent books include Developmental Systems Theory, Humans as Self-Constructing Living Systems: A Developmental Perspective on Behavior and Personality, and Humans as Self-Constructing Living Systems: Putting the Framework to Work. HUGH B. URBAN, PhD, was, until retiring in 1986, a professor of psychology, director of human development and family studies at Pennsylvania State University, and a consulting psychologist with Counseling Service, Inc. His recent publications include The Concept of Development from a Systems Perspective, and Dysfunctional Systems: Understanding Pathology.Don Ford and Hugh Urban have been collaborators for four decades. In addition to teaching clinical psychology at Penn State, they created and ran a comprehensive program of psychological services for students and their families; and founded and directed the College of Health and Human Development, a multidisciplinary professional training institution, within which they created and ran several programs in human development and family studies and biobehavioral health.
Release date NZ
April 27th, 1998
Country of Publication
United States
2nd Revised edition
John Wiley & Sons Inc
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