Handbook of the Brief Psychotherapies

  • Richard A. Wells
  • Vincent J. Giannetti

Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Richard A. Wells, Phillip A. Phelps
      Pages 3-26
    3. William J. Reid
      Pages 55-77
    4. Vincent Giannetti
      Pages 79-90
  3. Technical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-92
    2. Jose Szapocznik, Angel Perez-Vidal, Olga Hervis, Andrew L. Brickman, William M. Kurtines
      Pages 93-114
    3. Michael F. Hoyt
      Pages 115-143
    4. Rona L. Levy, John L. Shelton
      Pages 145-163
    5. Robert Rosenbaum, Michael F. Hoyt, Moshe Talmon
      Pages 165-189
  4. Individual Approaches in Brief Psychotherapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-192
    2. Jason Worchel
      Pages 193-216
    3. Marlene M. Moretti, Lisa A. Feldman, Brian F. Shaw
      Pages 217-237
    4. Adam K. Lehman, Peter Salovey
      Pages 239-259
    5. Charles Patrick Ewing
      Pages 277-294
  5. Family and Marital Brief Therapies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-296
    2. Frank S. Pittman III, Kalman Flomenhaft, Carol D. DeYoung
      Pages 297-324
    3. Mark A. Whisman, Neil S. Jacobson
      Pages 325-349
    4. Robert Rosenbaum
      Pages 351-403
    5. Nathan B. Epstein, Duane S. Bishop, Gabor I. Keitner, Ivan W. Miller
      Pages 405-436
    6. R. Taylor Segraves
      Pages 437-459
    7. Jose Szapocznik, William M. Kurtines, Angel Perez-Vidal, Olga E. Hervis, Franklin H. Foote
      Pages 493-510
  6. Brief Group Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 511-512
    2. Charles D. Garvin
      Pages 513-536
    3. Sheldon D. Rose
      Pages 537-550
    4. Stanley D. Imber, Karen J. Evanczuk
      Pages 565-582
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 601-604

About this book


The last two decades have seen unprecedented increases in health care costs and, at the same time, encouraging progress in psychotherapy research. On the one hand, accountability, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency have now become commonplace terms for providers of mental health services whereas, on the other hand, an increasingly voluminous literature has emerged supporting the effectiveness of a number of types of psychotherapies. There now exists the possibility for the design and delivery of mental health services that-drawing upon this literature-more closely approximate empirically established data concerning the appropriateness and effectiveness of psychotherapy. The Handbook of the Brief Psychotherapies is intended to capture one major thrust of this movement: the development of a group of empirically grounded, time-limited therapies all sharing a common interest in the clinical utilization of a structured focus and an emphasis on time and action. For many years, professional self-interest, competing theoretical para­ digms, and the vagaries of practice, wisdom, and clinical myth have influenced the practice of psychotherapy. A critical questioning of the resulting, predomi­ nantly nondirective, open-ended, and global therapies has led to a growing emphasis on action-oriented, problem-focused, time-limited therapies. Yet, ironically, this interest in the brief psychotherapies has not so much involved a radical departure from traditional therapeutic modalities as it has emphasized a new pragmatism about how time, action, and structure operate in life as well as in therapy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard A. Wells
    • 1
  • Vincent J. Giannetti
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.School of PharmacyDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-2129-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2127-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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