rationale for the abbreviation of psychotherapy
practical and ethical issues to consider in client selection
a conceptual model for treatment abbreviation
rapid assessment and case conceptualization
establishing a brief therapy focus
goal establishment and negotiation
adapting standard psychotherapy techniques to the brief format
practice issues in brief therapyPsychotherapy Abbreviation is two-part. Part one is an orientation to this model of brief therapy in which Pekarik emphasizes a research-based rationale for doing brief therapy; presents a general theory of why brief treatments work; and provides guidelines for the identification of appropriate clients for brief therapy.The second part of the text is devoted to technical skills training. It begins with an overview of the techniques common to most schools of brief therapy and describes a "universal model" of brief therapy. Readers are then taken step-by-step through a description of the four most important abbreviation techniques, presented in the typical order of use with clients. To encourage readers to consistently apply the recommended techniques, Pekarik includes one particular training case which he describes in detail and uses it in all of the technical skills chapters in special "Case Application" sections of these chapters. Before describing the detailed applications, Pekarik prompts readers to consider how they would apply the abbreviating technique presented in that chapter to the case. With individual exercises, he gives special attention to how readers can adapt their personal therapy styles and theoretical orientations to brief therapy. As a result, readers develop both a rationale and abbreviation strategy compatible with their values and practical needs as therapists. The exercises are found in each chapter in special "exercise
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 212 x 152 mm
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