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1st Edition

Applying Psychoanalytic Thought to Contemporary Mental Health Practice

ISBN 9781032060705
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Advances in psychoanalytic theory and technique can be usefully applied in virtually all psychotherapeutic settings, as well as in the management of patients in many nonmental health settings, to enhance understanding of patients. In this book, Steinberg reviews a collection of his own essays, incorporating developments in psychoanalytic theory and new ideas since his essays were published. Chapters clearly describe the evolving psychoanalytic approaches to treatment and illustrate how to use psychoanalytic concepts when working with patients.

A variety of clinical situations are covered, including group psychotherapy, partial hospitalization, and individual psychotherapy. This book provides the foundation of analysis and offers varied clinical experiences appealing to a wide range of practitioners and case examples offering descriptive details and interventions.

This book will be essential reading for all mental health professionals wanting to improve their working relationships with patients.

Table of Contents

Part A: PSYCHOANALYTIC UNDERSTANDING 1. Internal Images and External Bonds: A Little Psychoanalytic Theory 2. Who is My Patient? The Importance of Relational Anamnesis in Psychodynamic Formulation 3. Understanding and Management of Some More Severe Disturbances Part B: GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAMS 4. Danger from Within: Threats of Violence in Group Psychotherapy 5. Danger from Without: Threats of Violence to Third Parties in Group Psychotherapy 6. Freud in the Clinic: The Psychodynamic Psychiatry Service of the University of Alberta Hospital—A 30-Year History 7. Groups That Support Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy: The Function and Place of Structured Groups in Psychodynamically Oriented Day Treatment for Personality Disorders 8. Hatred and Fear: Projective Identification in Group Psychotherapy Part C: INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOANALYTIC/PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY 9. Clarification and Confrontation: Two Techniques of Supportive Psychotherapy 10. Coping with Catastrophic Feelings: Supportive Therapeutic Relationship with Patients Suffering from Chronic, Serious or Life-Threatening Illness—Lessons from HIV-AIDS-Related Illness 11. Whipped Cream and Other Delights: A Reverie and Its Aftermath

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Paul Ian Steinberg is clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, and the author of Psychoanalysis in Medicine: Applying Psychoanalytic Thought to Contemporary Medical Care (2021).


"This absorbing book meets a critical need. Although many psychotherapists have been deeply influenced by evolving psychoanalytic thinking, the insularity of most psychoanalytic communities has kept outsiders from this valuable practical knowledge. Dr. Steinberg teaches useful psychoanalytic benefitting concepts, exemplifying their application with personal vignettes, without either oversimplifying complex ideas or patronizing readers. His wisdom, humility, and lucidity make this book a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and helping our fellow human beings." Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPPd, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology

"In this companion piece to his first groundbreaking book, Paul Steinberg once again addresses the insufficient attention paid to psychological factors in the entire range of health care. In addition, he illustrates his exceptional sensitivity in applying psychoanalytic acumen to this work with more seriously disturbed patients and in hospital settings such as Day Treatment facilities. This book merits readership from health care providers in the broadest sense and as well, his psychoanalyst colleagues. Indeed, it should be required reading."
Irwin Hirsch, PhD, Distinguished visiting faculty, William Alanson White Institute 

From the Foreword: "There continues to be a desperate need for a 'psychotherapy for the people.' Dr. Steinberg is addressing this need … in an enviable, clear, conversational tone as if he is discussing his ideas and illustrations with us in a personal encounter, or a really well-run seminar. Steinberg has a real gift of illustrating complex concepts with useful clinical narratives."
Joseph Newirth, PhD, ABPP, Adelphi University