Shake-UP: Moving Beyond Therapeutic Impasses by De-Constructing Rigidified Professional Roles

 
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Shake-UP is a provocative read for those in the mental health field who desire self-enhancement and continued professional development. Readers will benefit through encouragement to reflect on their personal growth, their own living culture and to re-think their positions within a therapeutic session. Self-reflection sections will challenge the reader to think about their current professional therapeutic positions, and thereby promotes long-term professional development. Each chapter guides the reader into a higher level of understanding of his own therapeutic professional development, preferred professional therapeutic roles, and the therapeutic roles to which can be shifted into when an impasse develops.

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Dr. Ellenwood has been a licensed psychologist since 1988 and has a clinical private practice. Prior to 1987 she was an elementary teacher and worked as a school psychologist. She has received family therapy training and supervision from two world re-known family therapists, Maurizio Andolfi, M.D. and Jay Haley, Ph.D. Her specialties include family, couple, and individual therapy, psychological and neuropsychological assessments, women s support groups, and dealing with children s behavioral or emotional issues. She is the Director of the School Psychology Program at Youngstown State University. She is also Director of Project Learning Around the World, a 5013c charity which provides educational material and equipment for children in developing third world countries. She has served as president for various local, state, national, and international psychological associations. Dr. Ellenwood is editor of the Ohio Psychologist and co-chair of the Communication and Technology Committee of the Ohio Psychological Association. She has written many articles on enhancing cultural sensitivity in graduate students. As a hobby she writes children s books. Dr. Ellenwood resides in Sylvania, Ohio, USA. Dr. Brok is a Family Therapist, Psychodrama Therapist and Psychiatrist and, with R.Pluut, Co-Founder , trainer and supervisor in systems therapy and Director of the ISSOOH, a 26 year old family Therapy training institute in the Netherlands. Dr. Brok is a former member of the Board of the Dutch association of Family Therapy and its Training Committee. He was editor of the Dutch Journal of System Therapy. He specialized in working with clients with psychotic experiences and their families. He also specialized in working with families and clients from different cultures and in migration related issues. From 1991 until 2007 he was head of a Multi-Functional Psychiatric Center part of Delta Psychiatric Center, in Rotterdam. He retired in 2007 but is still working about 4 months a year in centers specialized in the treatment of clients with psychotic experiences. Dr. Brok serves on the International Committee of the Academia Della Terapia Familiare in Rome, head: professor Andolfi. He has written several articles and chapters in books about family therapy and psychiatry. Dr. Brok is participating in Project Learning Around the World. This project supports the education of children in underprivileged positions. He is living partly in Antwerpen, Belgium and in Le Pontreau, France. Among many other things, he is writing a cook book.

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Shake-UP is a great metaphor for an outstanding and creative book which describes the deep human nature of the therapeutic relationship with individuals, couples and families. Shaking-UP a therapist s rigidified professionals roles and cultural stereotypes in the encounter with clients or families in distress, encourages meaningful experiences and personal growth for clients and therapists. Read this book and discover, through the Authors voice your eighteen different professional therapeutic roles ... then you will feel much freer in therapy and in your life, too! Maurizio Andolfi, M.D., Director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia Full Professor at Psychology Dpt., Sapienza University of Rome Rome, Italy --Maurizio Andolfi, M.D.,

Yme Speerstra, Ph.D. The Netherlands

Together with the possible change of role, the authors describe a wide variety of techniques, I count 40, the therapist may use a deadlock. Art is the proper techniques to match the chosen professional role. It seems not a simple matter and it reminds me of the spider, who asked how the hell to get together coordinated with 8 legs to walk, after that question can not step up without those great legs in the war hit..., the book is a very refreshing attempt psychotherapists, family therapists, marriage counselors (and possibly even managers) to invite a look at themselves and their way of doing silent standing order from certain difficulties, and the garment of rigidity to go.  Furthermore, the book seems in training situations and in live supervision a prominent role to play, the trainer or supervisor receives numerous handles the student or colleague further.

Marc Dielman, Ph.D.  Ohio Psychological Association

“Be aware of what you’re saying, be aware of what you’re doing, be aware of what you’re thinking, be aware of how you’re acting.  Be aware of where you’re coming from, what your motives are.  The unaware life is not worth living.  The unaware life is a mechanical life. ”These words by Anthony DeMello in his 1990 book, Awareness, could have been written by the authors of a new book, Shake-Up:  Moving Beyond Therapeutic Impasses by De-Constructing Rigidified Professional Roles (2012).  Reading this book will literally “shake you up” and help you reflect on how you approach various clients.  You will not be able to view your clients and your role as a therapist in the same way.  This book should have a warning label: “Reading this will be dangerous to your current therapeutic functioning.

”Djinnie van Delft, Systeemtherapie Jaargang 25 Nummer 1 Maart 2013 43-45

Much has been written about therapeutic impasses in terms of (mis) match between therapist and client, lack of motivation vessels completeness, countertransference, and complicated power struggles, etc. This book is different: it is written from a systemic, cyber- magnetic, structural point of view, so that you can understand how a deadlock is develops and what role yourself plays.... Sooner or later we all have to experience a treatment that is not well running or prematurely terminated. What is going on when you are with therapeutic system when you  are caught up in a deadlock? This book provides insight and guidance on this field.

This book is really amazing! Two very experienced psychotherapists and family therapists, Drs. A. Ellenwood and L. Brok joined their talents to describe how the unresolved family of origin issues and the whole living culture of therapists seduce them in therapeutic contexts to adopt certain stereotype professional therapeutic roles that if not recognized- can easily lead the therapeutic process into an impasse. But most importantly, they also gave their heart and soul to show us how to move out of these unconsciously preferred professional roles. Vividly and concretely they describe eighteen such professional roles, and with incredible creativity they show how in practice psychotherapists can switch from those rigid professional therapeutic roles into alternative intervention styles by using the same roles in a purposefully and salutogenesis way to help the therapeutic system to get out of the treatment impasse. This book is a most inspiring read especially for family therapists but also for other mental health professionals working with individuals, couples and families. Jorma Piha, M.D., Ph.D. Professor or Child Psychiatry Adjunct Professor of Family Psychotherapy University of Turku, Turku, Finland --Jorma Phia, M.D., Ph.D.

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