An Introduction to Sullivan

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 949–951. Reviews the book, The Treatment Techniques of Harry Stack Sullivan by A. H. Chapman (see record 1979-13746-000). The author has given us an uncritical, condensed introduction to Harry Stack Sullivan's ideas and approach to psychotherapy. His stated aim is to offer a book in the rapidly expanding area of continuing professional education. He presents Sullivan to trained mental health professionals in order to increase their clinical expertise. The implicit assumption appears to be that Sullivan is very difficult to understand and needs translation. My estimation is that this book is excellent for the beginning therapist rather than for the continuing professional since it is uncritical and noncomparative. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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