New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training: A Guidebook for Helping Professionals

New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training: A Guidebook for Helping Professionals

New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training: A Guidebook for Helping Professionals

New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training: A Guidebook for Helping Professionals

Synopsis

Psychotherapy continues to progress at a remarkable rate as researchers become ever more creative in the development and application of a wide variety of empirically based techniques. Older techniques have been refined and newer ones have emerged. Both old and new techniques are being quantified, assessed and compared in group design research, and, for the first time since modern therapy's beginnings in the writings of Sigmund Freud, remarkable strides have been made in asking and answering vital questions about the effectiveness of various treatment strategies.

Excerpt

Psychotherapy continues to progress at a remarkable rate as researchers become ever more creative in the development and application of a wide variety of empirically based techniques. Older techniques have been refined and newer ones have emerged. Both old and new techniques are being quantified, assessed, and compared in group design research, and for the first time since modern therapy’s beginnings in the writings of Sigmund Freud, remarkable strides have been made in asking and answering vital questions about the effectiveness of various treatment strategies.

The purposes of this manual

One such strategy is progressive relaxation training (PRT), a set of methods that originated in the 1930s in the writings of Edmund Jacobson (1934, 1938).

The primary purpose of this manual is to set forth in detail the therapist behaviors and skills necessary for the effective application of prt. the manual is not to be used for self-relaxation. Rather, the material presented here is designed to provide ther-

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