The Levels of Analysis Paradigm: A Model for Individual and Systemic Therapy

The Levels of Analysis Paradigm: A Model for Individual and Systemic Therapy

The Levels of Analysis Paradigm: A Model for Individual and Systemic Therapy

The Levels of Analysis Paradigm: A Model for Individual and Systemic Therapy

Synopsis

This book is a response to the "conceptual crisis" in clinical psychology. With over 250 psychotherapies, clinical psychology is a patchquilt that critically needs a theoretical thread to bind the patches together. Skurky proposes a model that views behavior as functioning simultaneously on the individual and systemic levels and provides psychotheraphy with a theoretical foundation. This approach focuses on human behavior as a holistic process and applies systems theory to individual functioning. "This book offers some original and excellent ideas that can be a distinct contribution to working with couples and with members of families. These ideas might work well in actual practice and be quite helpful to many marital and family therapies." Albert Ellis, President, Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy

Excerpt

This book is written for individuals interested in providing a conceptual structure to their clinical, research, and teaching endeavors. It is meant for students of the psychotherapeutic disciplines as well as for educators and practitioners. The ideas and concepts contained herein were developed in response to the needs repeatedly expressed to the author by students and practitioners attempting to understand and integrate the myriad theories currently extant in the clinical fields. By integrating the individual and systemic approaches to psychotherapy, the Levels of Analysis (LOA) paradigm provides clinicians with an understanding of the wholistic functioning of the human organism.

This volume can be used in the classroom to help students develop a conceptual structure from within which the therapeutic theories are made more meaningful. Rather than learning their theories as separate, unassociated modalities, as is so common presently, students learn therapies that are given organization, structure, and conceptual meaning by the model.

Researchers and clinical practitioners should find this book especially useful. The integrative model introduced here is designed to make therapeutic intervention a more structured and systematic process. And, bringing together as it does the classical and newly developing research methodologies, the model promises to make clinical research innervating and innovative. Because the LOA paradigm is an articulated doctrine describing the big picture of psychological functioning and bringing together systemic and traditional therapeutic and research approaches, it is a useful structure from which to launch research and clinical activities and from which to conceptualize and communicate results.

Many of the ideas expressed in this work were developed while the author was engaged in the practice and teaching of clinical psychology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Aaron L. Rutledge, Director of the Social Sciences component of the Family Medicine Residency program, served as tutor, mentor, and inspiration to each of the clinical psychology fellows engaged in the program. Much of what has evolved into the LOA

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