Thursday, October 21, 2010

Psychotherapy Relationships that Work: Therapist Contributions and Responsiveness to Patients by John C. Norcross


"This book is clearly written and presents material with which anyone interested in increasing therapy effectiveness should be familiar." --Susan Llewelyn, Course Director, Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology
"Psychotherapy Relationships That Work is a superb contemporary textbook and reference source for students and professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and understanding of person-related psychotherapy." -Psychotherapy Research
"One is struck with the thoroughness of all the chapters and the care and detail of presentation." Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention
"This edited volume is a welcome addition to the literature on Empirically Supported treatments. The book's unique contribution is on the relationship as the narrative dimension. Professor Norcross has brought together an impressive array of contributors and tackled 21 different dimensions in applied chapters. Also, recommendations on Empirically Supported Treatment are explained from the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychotherapy. Well written, well-explained and a good blend of application make the book an essential addition for practitioners, teachers, and therapy researchers."--The Family Psychologist
"At a time when 'manualized treatments' and psychopharmacological interventions are hot-button issues, it is refreshing to see a compendium of studies that focus on relationships in therapy. It is not that relationships have been sorely neglected in the literature, but here in one place is a comprehensive look at the major research on this important aspect of the therapeutic enterprise."--Donald K. Freedheim, Case Western Reserve University

Psychotherapy Relationships that Work: Therapist Contributions and Responsiveness to Patients Book Review

This book is the result of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychotherapy (Div. 29) Task Force aimed at applying psychological science to the identification and promulgation of effective psychotherapy. Many efforts to improve therapy have focused on codifying evidence-based treatments, but in doing so have left the psychotherapeutic relationship behind. Clinical experience and research findings underscore that the therapeutic relationship accounts for as much of the outcome as particular treatments. This volume's 25 chapters identify the elements of effective therapy relationships and methods of customizing psychotherapy to each patient.

About the Author:John C. Norcross

John C. Norcross is at University of Scranton.