Alternative Psychotherapies: Evaluating Unconventional Mental Health Treatments (Hardback)
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Alternative Psychotherapies: Evaluating Unconventional Mental Health Treatments (Hardback)

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Hardback 238 Pages / Published: 30/07/2014
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Alternative Psychotherapies: Evaluating Unconventional Mental Health Treatments addresses concerns about current and newly-emerging mental health treatments that are considered "unconventional." In a parallel to complementary and alternative medical treatments, alternative psychotherapies lack research support, are at odds with established information about human personality and development, and may actually be harmful. Professionals and students in the helping professions may find such treatments confusing and difficult to differentiate from emerging therapies that have not yet established a foundation of evidence; this is especially problematic if clients propose using unconventional therapies they have found on the Internet. Alternative Psychotherapies examines a series of unconventional treatments in terms of the research supporting them, their theoretical and historical backgrounds, and the potential or documented adverse events that may be associated with them. Therapies for both adults and children are included, and topics range from recovered memory therapies to bodywork to treatments for autism and to special education issues. Alternative psychotherapies frequently share certain historical backgrounds, and psychotherapists can use historical insights as well as an understanding of basic research rules and psychological theory to identify unconventional treatments other than the ones discussed. The book concludes with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of greater regulation of alternative therapies, as compared to the current situation in which few mental health interventions are banned or limited by law.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442234918
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 235 x 163 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Many patients seek the services of alternative health care providers for mental health issues. There are various forms of alternative treatment, and the claims of enthusiasts are often embarrassingly unreliable. Alternative Psychotherapies: Evaluating Unconventional Mental Health Treatments cuts through this plethora of mis-information and provides a concise, well-researched, and extensively referenced guide. It differentiates the naively harmless from the overtly dangerous, the bizarrely implausible from the somewhat rational, and the hopelessly ineffective from the potentially helpful. This authoritative text is a most useful addition to the literature on alternative therapies. It fills an important gap and should be studied by all who look after patients with mental health problems. -- Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, emeritus, University of Exeter
A valuable-in fact, an invaluable-book. In a world in which clients and clinicians alike are inundated with hundreds of psychotherapies, a book that critically examines the science and pseudoscience of alternative psychological treatments is essential. Using the lens of both history and research, Mercer turns an appropriately skeptical eye toward a host of interventions based on questionable psychological premises. Readers will emerge with a much better understanding of why evidence-based treatment is necessary as a safeguard against dubious claims in psychotherapy. An extremely useful resource for current and would-be psychotherapy clients, psychotherapy researchers, and psychotherapists themselves. -- Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhD, Emory University
Dr. Mercer has devoted her career to protecting children from harmful psychotherapeutic practices. Now, in Alternative Psychotherapies, she gives readers the tools for evaluating a wide range of unconventional therapies themselves. Once again, Dr. Mercer has done a great public service in writing this book and helping to ensure that individuals in need will receive safe and effective treatments and steer clear of potentially dangerous ones. -- Brandon Gaudiano, PhD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Butler Hospital
Mercer's book Alternative Psychotherapies represents another blow of the mallet of rationality and science in the longstanding and seemingly never-ending game of psychotherapeutic whack-a-mole. . . .Mercer jumps right into the fray, building upon her many previous assays into the scrum. This engaging book will be a keen read to everyone-members of the public interested in counseling, professional psychotherapists, academic psychologists, and graduate students in the mental health professions. * American Psychological Association *

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