A strategic approach for positive change tailored to the unique qualities of different individuals, this text assists readers in factoring personality functioning into any psychotherapeutic undertaking, providing a guide for comprehensive Personality-Informed assessment and treatment planning.
Drawing upon research from across scientific disciplines, chapters emphasize the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in effectuating enduring therapeutic change whilst dealing with clients’ unique personality styles. Also featured is Dr. Nevins’ Personality Wheel, used throughout as a framework for therapeutically addressing the problematic personality patterns, styles, or traits related to most clients' presenting problems and for constructing healthy personality change.
Graduate students and professionals will benefit from the book’s key insights into the major contributing factors underlying psychological distress due to maladaptive personality patterns, styles and traits.
Table of Contents
Section I: Theoretical Foundations and Framework of Personality Informed (PI) Therapy; Chapter 1: The Importance of Personality; Chapter 2: The Science, Theory, and Therapeutic Principles of the Personality Informed Treatment Perspective; Chapter 3: Personality: Processes and Functioning; Chapter 4: Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Relationship Processes; Section II: Application: Principles of Personality Informed Therapy; Chapter 5: Personality Informed (PI) Therapy Personality Wheel; Chapter 6: Self- Regulation and Complex Change; Chapter 7:Personality Trait Regulation; Chapter 8: Personality Self State Regulation; Section III: Technical Guides to Personality Informed Therapy; Chapter 9: Treatment Guide for Personality Informed Complex Assessment and Treatment; Chapter 10: Personality Informed Phase-Oriented Treatment Planning Guide; Chapter 11;The Client-Therapist Relationship Process; Section IV: Applications for Clinical Practice; Chapter 12: Personality Trait Regulation Guide: Format and Rationale; Chapter 13: Personality Trait Regulation Guide: Quadrant I; Chapter 14:Personality Trait Regulation Guide: Quadrant II; Chapter 15: Personality Trait Regulation Guide: Quadrant III; Chapter 16: Personality Trait Regulation Guide: Quadrant IV; Chapter 17: Conclusion and Future Directions.
Bradley G. Nevins, PhD, has been a practicing clinical psychologist, consultant, clinical director, and faculty member serving medical institutions, universities, mental health, and government agencies for over 30 years.
"I read Dr. Nevins’s book with growing appreciation for its significant contributions to the mental health field. Dr. Nevins’s work offers a contemporary and comprehensive model for understanding personality traits and emotional difficulties. Significantly, in creative and clear ways, the book also delineates practical clinical guidelines for evaluating and treating patients. Specifically, Dr. Nevins's ideas regarding personalized psychotherapy are timely and innovative. This book will surely get clinicians to think about assessment and psychotherapy in exciting new ways. "
Efrat Ginot, PhD, author of Neuropsychology of the Unconscious:Integrating Brain and Mind in Psychotherapy; instructor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy; and supervisor at the Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy.
"Informed by current research, a deep understanding of personality theory, and three decades of clinical experience, this book makes a persuasive case that psychotherapy needs to do more than treat isolated symptoms and, instead, must focus on the whole person and ways that person can be helped to change for the better. This is an important volume that I hope becomes widely read and influential in the clinical community and beyond."
David C. Funder, PhD, chair, Psychology Department, University of California, Riverside; past editor of the Journal of Research and Personality; former secondary editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; published author.
"At a time when so-called evidence-based psychotherapies have increasingly reduced clinical education and practice into a one-size-fits-all recipe book of symptom focused procedures, Dr. Nevins puts the person back into psychotherapy with rigor, relevance and compassion."
William D. Bauer, PhD, clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst acting as a training and supervising psychoanalyst in Encino, CA
"Personality factors are believed to be linked to both mental and physical health as well as interconnected to all aspects of life. Unfortunately, there is minimal therapeutic practice that currently addresses these factors. This book presents a new and revolutionary treatment (Personality Informed: PI) to help therapists understand these factors. How they develop and evolve over time. Some effective, some ineffective. Some conscious, some unconscious. The presentation and thorough discussion of a Personality Wheel diagram provides a blueprint for assessing healthy, unhealthy and maladaptive factors. Extensive PI methodology is offered to assist with assessment and intervention. A must read for all dedicated therapists."
Jean K. Lundholm, PhD, psychologist and professor emeritus of Counseling and School Psychology at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.