1st Edition

Contemporary Psychotherapies for a Diverse World
First Revised Edition

ISBN 9780415898386
Published February 24, 2012 by Routledge
630 Pages

USD $84.95

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Book Description

This unique text is the first to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of the major theories of psychotherapy and, at the same time, illustrate how these approaches are dealing with the ever-increasing diversity of today’s clients. Frew and Spiegler have assembled the leading contemporary authorities on each theory to offer an insider's perspective that includes exposure to the style and language used by adherents of the approach, which is not available in any other text. The history of each approach and the latest, cutting-edge theory and practice are integrated with an emphasis on an awareness of the needs of diverse non-majority clients, creating a comprehensive, practical, and invaluable text for any counseling theories course.

The major psychotherapeutic approaches are presented in roughly the chronological order in which they were developed, and each chapter follows the same basic format to ensure consistency throughout the text. Along with traditional theories, there are chapters on reality therapy, feminist therapy, and narrative therapy, and the chapter on ethics includes multicultural and feminist perspectives. Each chapter includes:

  • the origin and evolution of the theory
  • theoretical foundations and how the theory is manifested in practice
  • an evaluation of the evidence for the theory’s success, limitations, blind spots, and challenges
  • "The Author’s Journey," in which authors describe what lead them to adopt their approach and how their own practice has evolved over time
  • multicultural competencies and their importance in the context of the theory.

Resources are available online for instructors to supplement the material in the text and include a test bank and PowerPoint lecture slides.

Table of Contents

Frew, Spiegler, Introduction to Contemporary Psychotherapies for a Diverse World. Vasquez, Ethics for a Diverse World. Altman, Psychoanalytic Therapy. Carlson, Englar-Carlson, Adlerian Therapy. Vontress, Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy. Cain, Person-Centered Therapy. Frew, Gestalt Therapy. Spiegler, Behavior Therapy I: Traditional Behavior Therapy. Spiegler, Behavior Therapy II: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Wubbolding, Reality Therapy. Remer, Feminist Therapy. Rigazio-DiGilio, McDowell, Family Therapy. Crocket, Narrative Therapy.

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Jon Frew, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Psychology, Pacific University School of Professional Psychology.  He serves as co-director of the Gestalt Therapy Training Center Northwest in Portland, Oregon, is on the editorial board of Gestalt Review, and also maintains a part-time private practice.

Michael D. Spiegler, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, Providence College.  Dr. Spiegler also maintains a small private practice and does clinical consulting work.


Neil Altman, PhD, New York University.

David J. Cain, PhD, ABPP, CGP, California School of Professional Psychology.

Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP, Governors State University.

Kathie Crocket, PhD, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Matt Englar-Carlson, PhD, California State University-Fullerton.

Teresa McDowell, EdD, University of Connecticut.

Pamela Remer, PhD, TEP, Univeristy of Kentucky.

Sandra A. Rigzaio-DiGilio, PhD, University of Connecticut.

Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, Private Practice, Austin, TX (and 2011 President of the American Psychological Association).

Clemmont E. Vontress, PhD, George Washington University.

Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD, Center for Reality Therapy.


"This comprehensive text combines theory and techniques in the context of trans-cultural practice. Each chapter challenges the student to understand the influence of his/her cultural beliefs, as they prepare to practice with marginalized clients. This should be a required text in all Counselor Education programs." - Michael J. Bologna, PhD, Professor, Graduate Counseling program, The College of Saint Rose

"As a teacher of future therapists, I found this text to be a welcome addition to the resources that I am currently using for my courses. The authors have deftly and succulently summarized all the major theories of psychotherapy into clear and relatable chapters which are very appropriate for students." - David M. Feldman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Barry University

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