Second-order Change in Psychotherapy

Second-order Change in Psychotherapy

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After more than 40 years of research, a substantial body of evidence has shown psychotherapy to be helpful in ameliorating psychological suffering. This is seldom questioned in professional circles, yet intense debate persists over how, when, and why therapy works. Those claiming to know the answers fall into two main camps, one arguing that some empirically supported treatments are therapeutic for specific problems, while others are less effective. The other camp posits that all approaches work equally well, as long as a strong therapista€“client relationship and other common curative factors are present. Can both doctrines be correct? Second-Order Change in Psychotherapy: The Golden Thread That Unifies Effective Treatments asserts that they can, but what is needed is a unifying framework of change that underlies both positions. Drs. Fraser and Solovey identify that framework as second-order change in psychotherapy, or the a€œgolden threada€ that runs through the labyrinth of all effective therapies. To better elucidate this, first-order change refers to solutions that do not change the problem but that create stability, while second-order change transforms the first-order solutions, resulting in a resolution of the problem. In this fascinating and rich book written for researchers, practical theorists, and policy makers, the authors show how second-order change is at the core of all effective treatments and demonstrate how to creatively employ specific, targeted approaches in an interpersonal context of shared respect, empathy, and compassion.Gottman spends less time on a structured formulation, yet he refers to the ICT format in discussing his view. ... He details the vicious cycles of the couplea#39;s perpetual problems, the way they engage in conflict, the ways in which they self- soothe and soothe each other and repair their relationship during and after ... 105 ) and the aquot;Cliniciana#39;s Checklist for Marital Assessmentaquot; (see Gottman, 1999, Table 4.1, pp.

Title:Second-order Change in Psychotherapy
Author:J. Scott Fraser, Andrew D. Solovey
Publisher:Amer Psychological Assn - 2007


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