The Handbook of Constructive Therapies: Innovative Approaches from Leading Practitioners

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A guide to the use of treatment approaches known as constructive therapies
The leading teachers and practitioners in this powerful handbook represent a variety of schools of therapeutic treatments that all share an optimistic view of people as resourceful individuals who construct their own realities. Emphasizing a collaborative approach, the therapies focus on the strengths and resources of the clients and look to where people want to go rather than where they have been.

Hoyt should be commended for bringing together in one volume diverse voices that bring alive the exciting possibilities that mark and define this new era of psychotherapy.
?Steven Freidman, author of Time-Effective Psychotherapy

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The Handbook of Constructive Therapies provides a highly practical guide to many innovative therapeutic techniques that have come to be known as constructive therapies.Written by leading theoreticians and clinicians, this extraordinary compAndium represents a variety of contemporary therapeutic schools?including solution-focused, narrative, collaborative language systems, reflecting team, interactional, and neo-Ericksonian?that all share an optimistic view of people as resourceful individuals who, for better or worse, construct their own psychological realities. These approaches emphasize respectful collaboration and focus on the strengths and resources of the client. Constructive therapies look more to where people want to go rather than to where they have been.This ground-breaking book is designed to be a user's guide for both the seasoned professional and beginning practitioner. The Handbook of Constructive Therapies reveals how clinicians can have a fuller appreciation of the powers of language and imagination and shows how to incorporate the qualities of caring, collaboration, and respect for a client's abilities. The twenty-two original chapters and extensive introduction are filled with creative concepts, specific techniques, and illustrative case examples that will help clinicians develop the skills they need to use these results-oriented therapies within their own practice. The authors show how to apply these approaches with a wide range of individuals and families including such difficult clients as violent men, troubled children, couples in conflict, people with eating disorders, victims of abuse, and others with severe and persistent problems. These timely innovations are user friAndly and well-suited to meet the demands for greater efficiency and accountability required in today's health care environment.The Handbook for Constructive Therapies is an invaluable aid for all clinicians who want to integrate their own insights and experiences

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MICHAEL F. HOYT is a senior staff psychologist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward, California, and serves on the clinical faculty of the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco. An expert clinician and an internationally respected teacher and lecturer, Hoyt is the author of Brief Therapy and Managed Care (Jossey-Bass, 1995), editor of Constructive Therapies, Volumes 1 & 2 (1994, 1996), and coeditor of The First Session in Brief Therapy (1992).

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