A Guide to the “Impossible Profession”

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 710–711. Reviews the book, The Technique of Psychotherapy. 3rd ed by Lewis R. Wolberg (1977). The book itself is a faithful mirror of the American mainstream in this area, thoroughly inspired by the psychodynamic heritage, conservative in its basic conception (in the sense of its commitment to psychotherapy as a clinical art that requires solid, and prolonged training along traditional lines), open to developments in group and family therapy, community mental health, childhood, adolescence, old age, pharmacotherapy, and other developments that have made their influence felt in contemporary practice. (The recognition of behavior therapy is more limited). In these areas, expansions have occurred in the new edition Wolberg's stance on research, too, reflects rather accurately the modern therapist's attitude. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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