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A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy

A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy

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168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy is an accessible guide to the field for anyone embarking on training or simply interested in finding out more about psychotherapy.

Mapping the development and dimensions of contemporary practice, the book explores
  • The origins of psychotherapy
  • Its applications in terms of modalities, settings and client populations
  • Central theoretical concepts
  • The nature of training and career paths for qualified practitioners
  • Main critiques, both from within and outside psychotherapy

A team of well-known and highly-regarded contributors examine issues which have particular bearing on psychotherapy today. This includes the changing roles for psychotherapists working in primary and secondary care and the demand for practice to be more "evidence-based". A useful summary is provided of existing research into the efficacy and effectiveness of psychotherapy. Looking ahead, the book also examines the future of psychotherapy and considers the effect that the proposed statutory registration will have on the field.
Christine Lister-Ford
Sarah Hamlyn
An Historical Overview of Psychotherapy
Robin Hobbes
Psychotherapy Applications
Melanie Epstein
The Evidence Base of Psychotherapy
Yvonne Lawrence
Critiques of Psychotherapy
Tricia Scott
Psychotherapy in the NHS
Christine Lister-Ford
Training for a Career in Psychotherapy
Christine Lister-Ford
Future Trends and Developments

An easy to read/understand guide. The book provides an interesting background read that allows the student to gain an understanding of this area - whilst not intended to be a definitive guide to psychotherapy, this book explains why therapy came into being and so explains why students do what they do!
Perhaps chapters dedicated to specific therapies may help - then again, there are many books that do that

Mr Tony Barlow
Nursing, Birmingham City University
May 10, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

PDF of Introduction

Christine Lister-Ford

Christine Lister-Ford is a Director of the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy where she leads the MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Previously she sat on the Governing Board of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy for 7 years. She has chaired International and European Training Standards groups over a 15 year period. Her previous publications include Skills in Transactional Analysis Counselling & Psychotherapy (SAGE, 2002). She is a member of the editorial boards of several psychotherapy journals More About Author

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