Psychotherapy: The Purchase of Friendship

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Transaction Publishers, 1 jan. 1986 - 186 pagina's

William Schofield presents a classic analysis of mental illness, of professional psychotherapists and their training, and of the elements of psychotherapy. He asserts the need for more rigorous selection of candidates for therapy and for a properly focused training of a new professional specialist: the psychotherapist. In his new introduction to this important critique, Schofield shows why his pleas for a rational training program are still appropriate.

"Psychotherapy "is a pioneering critique of modern psychiatric practices. Far too many people see psychotherapy as a cure for every ill from tormenting self-doubt to lack of zest of life. Through failure to attend to careful assessment of the presenting problem, and the nature (and neglect) of the applicant's social resources, the psychotherapist can fall unwittingly into the role of moral counselor or morale coach, and can be seduced into the chronic role of "best friend." Schofield argues that today's overburdened experts--psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and psychiatric social workers--are not specifically trained to administer therapy through conversation. This book, first published in 1964, is an urgent call for a new specialist, a psychotherapist trained as a specialist in therapeutic conversation.

This book is also a call for a more realistic public attitude toward mental disorder--one which distinguishes emotional illness from unhappiness and discontent. Everyone interested in the growth, clarification, and evaluation of psychotherapy and counseling will be challenged by Schofield's arguments.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

THE PROBLEM
4
The Hidden Millions
5
Diagnostic Philosophythe Problem of Definition
12
Numerology Nosology and Nonsense
19
Supply and Demand
23
The Inflationary Spiral
26
The Psychiatric Team and Psychotherapy
33
A PERSPECTIVE
39
The Efficacy of Psychotherapy
95
General Factors
102
THE PSYCHOTHERAPIST
114
The Clinical Psychologist
116
The Psychiatric Social Worker
117
Unique Skills and Functions
118
Shared Theoretical Bias
121
Origins Experiences and Prejudices
124

The Prevalence of Mental Illness
40
Primitive Man and Psychic Disorder
44
Naturalism Humanism and Psychiatry
47
The Current Scene
49
THE PSYCHOTHERAPY PATIENT
53
Patients in Treatment
55
PatientsPast and Potential
57
Status and Syndromes
58
PseudoNeuroses
62
SelfDiagnosis and SelfReferral
65
THE PHYSICAL APPROACH
69
Modern Medical Therapeutics
70
Common Factors in Medical Treatments
73
The Ideal of Integrated Therapy
78
Prospects
81
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH
86
Evolution and Proliferation
89
The Effects of Training
135
The Invisible Therapists
138
PHILOSOPHICAL PROPHYLAXIS
142
The Mental Health Movement
144
The Philosophical Neurosis
148
Normal and Otherwise
152
The Study of Psychology
154
Pastoral Counseling
156
The New Repression
158
CONCLUSION A MODEST PROPOSAL
166
Extending the Supply
167
Reducing the Demand
168
Broadening the Base
170
Toward More Efficient Training
172
APPENDIX
179
INDEX
181
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