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In this book the authors paint an elaborate portrait of expert or "master" therapists. The book contains extensive qualitative research from three doctoral dissertations and an additional research study conducted over a seven-year period on the same ten master therapists. This intensive research project on master therapists, those considered the "best of the best" by their colleagues is the most extensive research on high-level functioning of mental health professionals ever done. Research on experienced, let alone expert, therapists and counselors is extremely rare. Therapists and counselors can use the insights gained from this book as potential guidelines for use in their own professional development. Training programs can adopt this book in an effort to develop desirable characteristics in their trainees. Potential consumers of therapy and counseling may be better able to select a therapist with these desirable qualities.
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Prepublication Reviews for Master Therapists¿
This is a scholarly book that reads like a novel! Students will love this text. It will be required reading in my counseling skills courses in the future.
Camille De Belle, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
Master Therapists concludes the elusive pursuit and characterization of therapeutic expertise. A sensitive, inspiring, and captivating portrait of how effective psychotherapists conduct their lives and therapy.
John Norcross, Ph.D.
University of Scranton
When I started reading this book, I really became immersed in it. I couldn¿t put it down—which I can¿t say about many professional oriented texts!! Reading it was like going on a treasure hunt.
Nancy Nishimura, Ph.D.
University of Memphis
This book provides food for thought that will undoubtedly stimulate engaging debates about the ingredients that make up psychotherapeutic excellence.
Arnold Lazarus, Ph.D.,
Emeritus, Rutgers University
I found Master Therapists to be eloquently written and personally inspiring. It is the culmination of a qualitative research project of immense breadth and depth. There is an effortless grace and flow to this book. The book is compelling not only in its substance but also in its warm, sensitive and elegant style.
John Dagley, Ph.D.
This fascinating book addresses the intriguing question of how one moves from being a person who wants to help others to becoming a professional who effectively can. The insights contained here will not only be of interest to beginning therapists involved in their clinical training, but also to therapists who have evolved professionally over the course of their careers.
Marvin Goldfried, Ph.D.
State University of New York—Stony Brook
I really liked the book. I personally would not change a thing about the text. The content is well-organized, coherently developed and presented. The writing style is engaging and comfortable, and while the text covers a lot of research it is an “easy” read.
Carl Wyatt, Ph.D.
Southwest Texas State University
A very important book. This book takes the mystery out of mastery. Skovholt and Jennings delineate the core conditions of the master therapist practitioners. This book doesn't just talk about therapy and counseling but rather offers an insider's view.
Jon Carlson, Ph.D
Governors State University
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Book Description Allyn & Bacon, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110205335063