1st Edition

Core Competencies in Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
Becoming a Highly Effective and Competent Brief Dynamic Psychotherapist

ISBN 9780415885997
Published October 16, 2012 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

This book addresses the essential clinical competencies required to conduct brief dynamic therapy. Authors Jeffrey L. Binder and Ephi J. Betan discuss the conceptual foundation of their treatment model, and the application of this framework in forming and maintaining a therapeutic alliance, assessment, case formulation, implementing a treatment plan, termination, and treatment evaluation. All topics include a multicultural perspective and sensitivity to ethical issues. Binder and Betan attempt to bridge practice and research by consistently incorporating relevant research findings.  Graduate students in the mental health fields and beginning therapists will find in this text the basic concepts and principles of brief dynamic psychotherapy presented in a clear and straightforward style, with many clinical examples drawn from detailed patient and therapist interchanges. Seasoned psychotherapists will find in Binder and Betan’s discussions of case formulation and therapeutic discourse a fresh treatment of classic ideas about the therapeutic value of constructing personal narratives.  At all times, the authors explicitly tie the components of their approach to the competencies required of the brief dynamic therapist. In the current environment of accountability for results, attention is given to the ongoing assessment of therapeutic progress and ultimate outcomes. This text is a scholarly yet practical guide to the evidence-based practice of brief dynamic psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing the Clinical Competencies of Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy 2. Understanding the Conceptual Basis of Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy 3. Forming an Effective Therapeutic Alliance 4. Maintaining an Effective Therapeutic Alliance 5. Performing an Integrative BDP Assessment 6. Developing a BDP Case Conceptualization and Intervention Plan 7. Interventions: Inquiry and Dialogue 8. Monitoring and Evaluating Clinical Outcomes 9. Planning for Termination and Maintaining Treatment Gains 10. Practicing BPD with Cultural and Ethical Sensitivity 11. Becoming a Highly Competent and Effective BDP Therapist

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Jeffrey L. Binder, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University. Dr. Binder has extensively published and presented on the topics of brief psychotherapy practice, training, and research, and the nature and development of clinical expertise.

Ephi J. Betan, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University. Dr. Betan has published and presented in the areas of professional ethics, multicultural competence, countertransference, relational psychoanalysis, clinical expertise in psychotherapy, and psychotherapy training.


“Guided by their overarching conceptual vision of brief dynamic psychotherapy, Drs. Binder and Betan synthesize the relevant theoretical, empirical, and clinical strands of the psychotherapy literature to yield a seamless and elegantly coherent account of the specific core competencies required for effective psychotherapy practice from start to finish.” - Eugene W. Farber, PhD, ABPP, From the Foreword

"The ideal reader is one who is already interested in psychodynamic therapy and is
seeking more techniques and ways of conceptualizing practice. The reader looking to learn
about or to review the core competencies of brief dynamic therapy will find this book
comprehensive, clear, and well grounded in empirical literature."
-Derek Truscott & Kellsey Calhoon, PsycCRITIQUES

“Drs. Jeffrey Binder and Ephi Betan are not only experts in Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy, they are experts in clinical training, having many years experience in the education and training of doctoral students in clinical psychology.”Philinda Smith Hutchings, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology Program, Midwestern University, Illinois

“This book is exceptionally clear and sophisticated in conveying the subtle interplay of theory and practice in brief dynamic psychotherapy. Based in current studies and concepts of expertise and competence, it constitutes a superb training guide for novice and experienced clinicians who wish to learn how to conduct this essential mode of psychotherapy.” - Stanley B. Messer, PhD, Dean and Professor II, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, New Jersey

“In this volume, Core Competencies in Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy, Jeffrey Binder and Ephi Betan offer the reader a compendium of knowledge, methods, and therapeutic frameworks necessary for conducting effective brief dynamic psychotherapy. This is a must read for students, as well as advanced practitioners who want an up to date resource. The volume includes abundant case material, which gives the reader intimate insight into the therapeutic process revealing the power of focal dynamic psychotherapy. Binder and Betan integrate the latest findings in clinical science and demonstrate the process of effective brief dynamic psychotherapy." - Jeffrey J. Magnavita, Ph.D., ABPP, Previous President of the Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association, Fellow, American Psychological Association