Ethics, Equity, Equality

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 656–657. Reviews the book, Therapeutic Partnership: Ethical Concerns in Psychotherapy by Carl Goldberg (1977). The title of this book bears a unique correspondence to the contents meticulously delineated by Goldberg: He performs a detailed analysis of guidelines for negotiating and contracting the roles, tasks, and responsibilities of both the therapist and patient within the broad context of the ethical concerns in psychotherapy. Therapeutic Partnership admits the limitations of our craft while assiduously citing the available literature in support of the procedures we use in treatment. The reviewer especially enjoyed Goldberg's emphasis on the establishing of a contract between patient and therapist. Of course, Therapeutic Partnership does have some shortcomings, notably its attempt to cover too much. No mention of humor can be found, and it is this reviewer's opinion that a psychotherapy without humor is in essence teaching a client about only half of himself and the paradox of life. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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