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March 11, 2006


In language your students will understand and enjoy reading, Timothy Trull’s CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY offers a concrete and well-rounded introduction to clinical psychology. A highly respected clinician and researcher, Dr. Trull examines the rigorous research training that clinicians receive, along with the empirically supported assessment methods and interventions that clinical psychologists must understand to be successful in the field. This new edition of Trull’s best-selling text covers cutting-edge trends, and offers enhanced coverage of culture, gender and diversity, and contemporary issues of health care. Written to inspire students thinking of pursuing careers in the field of clinical psychology, this text is a complete introduction.


October 18, 2005

Adlerian Therapy : Theory and Practice

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“Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD; Richard E. Watts, PhD; Michael Maniacci, PsyD”

Adlerian Therapy: Theory and Practice introduces the reader to Alfred Adler’s seminal approach to psychotherapy. Starting from the principle that human behavior is goal oriented and socially embedded, Adlerian therapy is a brief psychoeducational approach that emphasizes understanding individuals’ characteristic ways of moving through life—the life style—before working toward change. The authors demonstrate the relevance of Adlerian therapy today by illustrating how Adler’s ideas have influenced current practice and emphasizing the short-term nature of its interventions. In addition, the authors show how Adlerian therapy works in practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups, as well as in educational settings.

Constructive Divorce : Procedural Justice and Sociolegal Reform

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“Penelope Eileen Bryan, JD”

In Constructive Divorce: Procedural Justice and Sociolegal Reform, author Penelope Eileen Bryan offers a compelling argument that the procedures used to settle divorce disputes yield unjust decisions and poor outcomes for millions of adults and children each year.


Chronic Depression : Interpersonal Sources, Therapeutic Solutions

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“Jeremy W. Pettit, PhD and Thomas E. Joiner, PhD”

The link between depression and interpersonal behaviors has long been the subject of theoretical and empirical scrutiny. In Chronic Depression, authors Jeremy Pettit and Thomas Joiner draw upon the extensive body of research on interpersonal processes of depression and develop a new explanatory framework for this persistent mental illness. Their framework operates with the understanding that depression appears include self-sustaining processes, with these processes being in part interpersonal, and that viewing the processes from an interpersonal standpoint may be useful in applied settings.


October 11, 2005

The Clinical Christ by Charles L. Zeiders, Psy.D

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The Clinical Christ

Scientific and Spiritual Reflections on the Transformative Psychology Called Christian Holism

Charles L. Zeiders, Psy.D.

Published by: Julian’s House Birdsboro, PA

About the Author

Charles Zeiders is a Doctor of Psychology and a licensed psychologist. A Postdoctoral Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy and a Diplomate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (NACBT), Dr. Zeiders has lectured nationally and internationally regarding the interplay of spirituality and health. Throughout his career, Dr. Zeiders has produced academic publications on the psychology of religion, taught psychology at the University level, and worked with patients in the midst of Christian spiritual transformation. In independent practice in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Zeiders chairs the Think Tank for Christian Holism.

About the Cover Art
The cover design depicts the Icon of Christian Holism. Atop the cross, the dove represents the Holy Spirit’s presence in the clinical situation, guiding and nurturing the clinical process so that therapy unfolds toward the patient’s healing in a state of grace. The cross beam depicts God creating Adam, alluding to the fact that, though fallen, human nature contains the image of God, and that the final aim of Christian Holism involves participating in the Spirit’s restoration of the Divine Image to every person who enters treatment. At the bottom of the cross, Freud represents the corpus of psychotherapeutic theory and practice—a body of knowledge that comes closest to truth and becomes authentically healing when surrendered to the power of the Holy Spirit. As a whole, the dove, creation, and Freud form the Cross of the Clinical Christ. Lord of Treatment, the Clinical Christ is the Sovereign into whose kingdom the practitioner of Christian Holism annexes all psychological theory and practice. On this cross, the Clinical Christ absorbs and destroys sin and psychopathology and radiates forth the restorative medicine of radical forgiveness and extreme sanity.


August 11, 2005

One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance

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John Dizard
One of the most irritating titles awarded by a group to itself is “the helping professions”. The implication is that people such as utility workers, software engineers, credit analysts and truck drivers aren’t helping anyone.
Lumped in this category with professionals such as doctors and nurses, who do actually help people, are the therapists, counsellors, facilitators and the rest of a farrago of ignorant, overpaid quacks. In one important sense, however, the soft end of the helping professions deserves the name: they’re helping themselves to a fairly easy living.
Sally Satel, a psychiatrist, and Christina Hoff Sommers, a philosopher and conservative feminist, have written a cutting attack on what they call the culture of “therapism”, which, they say, is eroding Americans’ individual and national character. Had they ventured across the Atlantic in the course of their research, they would have found that British society has once again adopted one of the worst exemplars of American culture.
There was a time when the American way of dealing with “stress” was to set the jaw determinedly and get on with settling the West or seizing Iwo Jima. No more. Now an army of the professionally sensitive, possibly not all of whom wear huge earrings and drive orange Volvos, is forcing the public to get in touch with its feelings.
What one notices, reading through the stories in One Nation Under Therapy, is how much the disciples of therapism depend on attracting their subjects through involuntary means. For example, anyone who has had contact with the US family court system will notice how often therapism, in the form of testing or treatment, is ordered by judges or brandished by lawyers. To show a normal scepticism about the unscientific methods involved would be, of course, proof of a hostile, anti-social, possibly criminal nature.
Satel and Sommers trace the origins of various therapeutic “disciplines”, including grief counselling, addiction treatment and the “humanistic psychology” that is at the core of most of these.
Self-indulgence is nothing new, but the contemporary therapy industry was created by a disaster that struck psychology and psychiatry: the development of an effective psychopharmacology in the 1960s and 1970s. Once the variants on the “talking cure” were rudely dethroned by drug treatments that were based on science and worked much of the time, there were a lot of potentially unemployed, unskilled therapists around. Fortunately, humanistic psychology, founded in part by Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers, came to the rescue, and the therapists were saved from having to find useful work.

How the Helping
Culture Is Eroding

by Christina Hoff Sommers
and Sally Satel
St Martin’s Press
310 pages

The epicentre of humanistic psychology was somewhere in or near Santa Barbara, California. The local politics were right, there were large houses that could be turned into self-actualisation centres and there was a deep pool of the necessary labour force: con artists who had learned the vocabulary of self-indulgence.
Therapism has developed far beyond a set of amusing California cults for those with too much time and too much money. Now it has wormed its way into the school system, the courts and even the military’s hospital system.
The seeming weakness of therapism as identified by Satel and Sommers — its lack of an empirical basis for its tenets — has been turned into a source of its strength.
Therapy is a jobs programme for people whose university education was a means to shed common sense while avoiding the adoption of the scientific method.
Over the course of an economic cycle, it is true that many people’s jobs get downsized and they have to figure out some other way to earn a living.
But for some professions, supplied by schools of education and departments of psychology, there is a cult of “niceness” that prevents tough questions from being asked about the quality of the product. Given a choice, Americans as individuals could take care of their own self-esteem, grief and actualisation, whatever that is. As Satel and Sommers document, however, they are frequently not being given that choice.

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