Therapy Skills, in Brief

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1222. Reviews the book, The Process of Counseling and Therapy (3rd ed.) by Janet Moursund (1993). This text's topic is undoubtedly one of the most widely addressed in publications on applied psychology and other applied helping professions. It is possible that a text such as this is the main didactic exposure to psychotherapy technique that some professionals receive in fields such as social work, pastoral care, and marriage and family therapy. If so, they are in good hands. Students and practitioners in school, counseling, and clinical psychology will also find it useful. Moursund's text, in its third edition, provides glimpses at many longer tomes of psychotherapy technique while also presenting her own user-friendly outline of microskills and content issues. Discussions of specific points, such as therapy termination or crisis intervention, are liberally enhanced with quotes from relevant sources in the literature. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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