2014 • November

Can Individuals with Psychopathy Be Treated? From its first conceptualization in modern psychiatry, psychopathy has been surrounded with therapeutic pessimism (Cleckley, 1941; D’Silva, Duggan, & McCarthy, 2004; Salekin, Worley, & Grimes, 2010). Psychopathy is a severe form of antisocial personality disorder characterized by a lack of empathy and remorse, self-aggrandizement, a manipulative interpersonal style and […]

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Throughout the history of the United States, the strength of American national security has been put to the test. A product of postwar social unrest, labor struggles, and anti-capitalist agitation, the Wall Street Bombing in the 1920s, which left many dead, injured, and confused, still leads investigators and historians to question the source of the […]

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Imagine that you are working with a client of a different racial background than your own. Should the topic of race be specifically addressed? If it is addressed, how do you go about starting this conversation, and more importantly, how might your therapeutic choices impact the relationship and treatment outcomes? Why Race Matters The ethnic […]

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Dr. Norcross talks about what has led to his success, his enthusiasm for the many professional roles that psychotherapists can develop, his role in developing the Stages of Change model, integration among different psychotherapy theoretical orientations, and evidenced-based therapeutic relationships. About John C. Norcross Dr. Norcross is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton, […]

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In clinical and counseling psychology, human behavior is understood through varying lenses called theoretical orientations. Key factors that influence orientation include a practitioner’s unique personality and particular way of conceptualizing the human condition. These factors come into play in clinical and counseling psychology training programs, where students must select one of these orientations in order […]

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Download a free accompanying Power Point presentation from Dr. Barnett here: Integrating_Religion_and_Spirituality.ppt It may be easy for psychotherapists to overlook or avoid addressing our clients’ spirituality and religion in psychotherapy. Such issues may not have been addressed in our training and thus may not be seen as relevant to our clinical work with clients. After all, we […]

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Dr. Sexton talks about his role in developing Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and it’s application, his beliefs on psychotherapy skills and training, and systems theory. About Thomas Sexton, Ph.D. Dr. Sexton is the Director of the Center for Adolescent and Family Studies and professor in Counseling Psychology Program at the School of Education, Indiana University-Bloomington. He […]

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I just let it flow naturally in the way we talk, I think. (Psychotherapist) What does it mean to be an expert psychotherapist? How does expertise develop? How does it relate to experience and knowledge? The relationship between expertise, experience and knowledge in psychotherapy is a complicated one. Definitions of expertise across various disciplines share an […]

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Like most of you, I am a secret-keeper. I am given the gift of hearing private thoughts and exploring strong emotions with strangers who become clients. I am a purveyor of hope. I often do little more than listen, but the impact on some clients is profound. I marvel at how the process of revealing oneself unfolds from person to […]

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What is Affect Phobia Therapy? ‘Affect Phobia Therapy (APT)’ is an integrative theory and treatment model by which patients’ problematic features can be understood, particularly cluster C personality disorders (avoidant, dependent, or obsessive compulsive PD). According to APT (McCullough Vaillant, 1997; McCullough & Andrews, 2001; McCullough, et al., 2003), affects and sense of self and others […]

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