Psychological Interventions: A Guide to Strategies

Psychological Interventions: A Guide to Strategies

Psychological Interventions: A Guide to Strategies

Psychological Interventions: A Guide to Strategies

Synopsis

This book examines a variety of psychological intervention strategies used in counseling and therapy to bring about change. It is a handbook of strategies which reviews major forms of interventions, reviews research evidence of effectiveness, and challenges existing theoretical boundaries. Ballou's objective is to provide a source of interventions which counselors or therapists might consult to increase their knowledge of interventions and to assist their clients.

Excerpt

This is a book of diverse psychological strategies, interventions used in counseling and therapy to bring about a particular kind of change. It is a handbook of strategies that attends to wide-ranging forms of interventions, reviews research evidence of effectiveness, and escapes theoretical boundaries. The goal of this book is to provide a source of interventions that counselors or therapists might consult to increase their knowledge of interventions and to assist their clients.

In this era of limited therapeutic sessions, the need for interventions that hasten (when possible) the therapeutic process is critical. Yet, the demands for brief or episodic therapy are not easily met with professional training being so theory bound. Often, one finds handbooks of similar kinds of interventions all guided by the same theoretical underpinning, for example, cognitive-behavioral. Alternatively, books exist of treatments for the same malady, for example, trauma, depression, or personality disorders. This book, in contrast, offers interventions identified by their goal of change rather than by a particular theoretical orientation or the kind of difficulty. Finally, the book reviews research findings regarding the appropriate use and effectiveness of each strategy. Where inadequate research and evaluation exist, the questions that must be addressed before effectiveness can be assessed are raised.

Several contemporary conditions inform the text. An overarching position is that mental health theory, research, and practice is not adequate to the task of mental health promotion. Indeed, controversy about the causes and the definition of mental illness is far-reaching. Yet . . .

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