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Review of Turning points in dynamic psychotherapy: Initial assessment, boundaries, money, disruptions and suicidal cases and The damaged core: Origins, dynamics, manifestations and treatment.

Reviews the books, Turning points in dynamic psychotherapy: Initial assessment, boundaries, money, disruptions and suicidal cases by Salman Akhtar (2009) and The damaged core: Origins, dynamics, manifestations and treatment by Salman Akhtar (2009). Wit…

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Using the SWAP-200 with novice psychodynamic clinicians: Is it reliable, useful, and non-biased?

Eight-one first-year doctoral students in a psychodynamic program completed the SWAP-200 on a standardized case to determine the usefulness of the instrument with novice clinicians and to assess race-based differences in diagnostic outcome. The test case represented either a Caucasian or an African American woman who had either a masochistic or an obsessive–compulsive character style. Results revealed that the SWAP-200 was able to detect differences between the obsessive and masochistic cases in theoretically consistent ways. Although the SWAP-200 was useful with novice clinicians, the results revealed that the African American patient was rated as having greater narcissistic and antisocial features than the Caucasian patient. The Caucasian patient was rated as having greater avoidant, d…

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Beyond “ESTs”: Problematic assumptions in the pursuit of evidence-based practice.

There has been much confusion in the literature of psychotherapy between the broad concept of evidence-based practice and the narrower set of criteria that have been employed in designating certain treatments as “empirically validated” or “empirically supported.” In contrast to the appropriate concern with examining the evidence for the efficacy of various approaches to therapy and for the theoretical assumptions that underlie them, the “empirically supported treatments” movement has been characterized more by ideology and faulty assumptions than by good science. This paper examines in detail the scientific and logical limitations of the “EST” movement and aims to place the empirical investigation of theory and practice in psychotherapy on a sounder basis. (PsycINFO Databas…

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Review of Dialogues on difference: Studies of diversity in the therapeutic relationship.

Reviews the book, Studies of diversity in the therapeutic relationship by J. Christopher Muran (see record 2006-11731-000). This book has taken the opportunity to begin with dialogue among clinicians with different theoretical perspectives on issues of diversity, including psychoanalytic, cognitive– behavioral, and humanistic viewpoints. In introducing the book, Muran sets the stage for the dialogues with an open discussion of his own culturally diverse background. He also describes the diversity characterizing his professional training in cognitive– behavioral psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, which in part contributed to his recognition of a need for this dialogue across perspectives. The book is divided into eight dialogues consisting of one psychoanalytically oriented writer or set…

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