A Therapist's Cookbook

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1328–1329. Reviews the book, Solving Problems in Couples and Family Therapy: Techniques and Tactics by Robert Sherman, Paul Oresky, and Yvonne Rountree (see record 1991-98861-000). This book brings together three highly skilled professionals to address a range of issues likely to be encountered in couples and family therapy. Useful as this book is, it may be vulnerable to two criticisms. The first, which is shared with the whole field of family therapy, is that the remarkable proliferation, first of schools and therapies, then of integrations of schools and therapies, suggests a certain arbitrariness of method, a certain lack of theoretical necessity, which perhaps stems from a definite lack of hard data. Neither theories nor techniques are hard to come by in family therapy. A second objection is that a naive or overly concrete reader of these volumes could be misled into thinking that therapy is accomplished through the application of the proper technique at the proper time to the appropriate persons. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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