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Often when you attend conferences you overhear people telling their colleagues about the most exciting workshops they have attended. Even if it was a day-long workshop, people seem to be able to summarize the best nuggets of information they picked up.
Here, for your reading and clinical pleasure, is a book that contains just these clinical “pearls” of wisdom, from the field’s leading practitioners.
Represented in this collection is the “take-away” message from some of the most popular conference presenters active in the field today. It covers a rich range of perspectives on the most common presenting problems: depression, trauma, anxiety, grief, couples issues, and child and adolescent difficulties. Each entry follows a similar 3-part format. First is the pearls, a brief listing of three clinical pearls based on feedback the author has received over the years from colleagues, students, book reviewers, and workshop participants. Next is the case example, a presentation of a case that best exemplifies the “pearls” in action. This section also includes an analysis by the author—why they did what they did and what they thought about it then, and now. Finally, each author provides a series of concluding remarks about the preceding material and offers readers a sense of their thinking behind their clinical work, and how this approach might be integrated into other people’s client work. These innovative practices and tools will enlarge your therapeutic repertoire, and complement your existing knowledge base.
Pat Ogden, Bill O’Hanlon, and Michael Stone on depression
Dusty Miller, Diana Fosha, and Babette Rothschild on trauma
Reid Wilson and Margaret Wehrenberg on anxiety
Kenneth Doka, Robert Neimeyer, and Sameet Kumar on grief
Sue Johnson, Carolyn Daitch, and Evan Imber-Black on working with couples
Dan Hughes, Lenore Terr, and Aureen Wagner on working with children
Janet Edgette, Martha Straus, and David Wexler on working with adolescents
David Wallin on the therapist’s attachment patterns
“Oh the joy of a book you can just dip into in those spare segments of time!...[L]ively style and clear structure…fascinating and educative…” — Therapy Today
“[A]n entertaining read for therapists interested in keeping up to date on what their colleagues in the field are doing, or perhaps looking for inspiration for a fresh approach in their own practice.” — USABP Newsletter
“[A] valuable book, offering useful, sometimes inspirational, ideas…” — Human Givens Journal
“[A] treasure chest of time-tested concepts….I was particularly impressed by the collection of contributing experts….Even though I must strongly recommend Clinical Pearls of Wisdom to mental health clinicians, it is also a book that would be appreciated by others in the healing profession. Indeed, there is a lot that anyone can learn from how these therapists manage helping relationships with their clients.” — Tim Brunson, PhD, International Hypnosis Research Institute
“I recommend this book, especially for general therapists or those wishing to compare and contrast techniques for common problems…. The uniform structure of the chapters lends a helpful tool in grasping key points and learning to apply them.” — The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter