Concreteness and Specificity in Clinical Psychology

Evaluations and Interventions

  • Luciano L'Abate

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Luciano L’Abate
    Pages 1-24
  3. Luciano L’Abate
    Pages 37-57
  4. Luciano L’Abate
    Pages 63-71
  5. Luciano L’Abate
    Pages 91-104
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 125-352

About this book


This provocative volume updates L' Abate's signature ideas, focusing in particular on the concepts of concreteness and specificity as basic tenets of evaluation and therapy. Noting society's growing familiarity with technology, current concerns about treatment accessibility, and widespread interest in wellness promotion, he argues for remote-writing exercises targeted to specific client issues and monitored by the clinician instead of relying on traditional talk-based therapy. This attention to concreteness and specificity in baseline evaluation, post-treatment evaluation, and follow-up, the author asserts, is central to making treatment replicable, less subject to impasses or missteps, and more professional, with the potential of changing how therapy is conducted as well as how clinicians are trained and practice. The book's framework includes rationales, models, empirical data, and examples of prescriptive remote-writing exercises. 

Featured in the coverage: 

  • Online interventions: here to stay and to grow.
  • Verifiability in clinical psychology practices.
  • Present status and future perspectives for personality and family assessment.
  • Practice without theory/combining theory with practice.
  • Toward a unifying framework of human relationships
  • PIPES: Programmed Interactive Practice Exercise and Prescriptions.

Concreteness and Specificity in Clinical Psychology will bring a new level of discussion and debate among clinical psychology practitioners and practicing psychotherapists in private practice and the public sector.


clinical psychology family assessment mental health interventions mental health practices mental health practitioners psychological evaluations psychological interventions psychotherapy relational competence theory standard operating procedures theory construction

Authors and affiliations

  • Luciano L'Abate
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-13283-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-13284-6
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals