Perils of Mind Profession: Psychoanalytic and Legal Considerations

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 788-789. Review of book: “Therapists at risk: Perils of the intimacy of the therapeutic relationship,” by O. Brandt Caudill, Jr.; Lawrence E. Hedges; Robert Hilton; and Virginia Wink Hilton (see record 1997-09005-000). This compilation of chapters offers contributions from bioenergetic psychotherapists, a psychoanalyst, and an attorney specializing in the defense of psychotherapists in civil litigation. Many of the chapters originally were written for publication elsewhere, or adapted form works previously published. Though they appear together, the chapters do not form a cohesive whole. Despite its limitations, this book clearly offers many interesting and helpful ideas. The authors draw on their experiences, expertise, insights, and opinions to confront a very difficult and time-sensitive subject. The outcome is both generous and valuable. Finally, though perhaps misplaced, many of the expressed analytic opinions and the analysis of the therapeutic relationship, per se, would be of great interest to psychoanalytic, psychodynamic practitioners. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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