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2nd Edition

Highly Effective Therapy
Effecting Deep Change in Counseling and Psychotherapy

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ISBN 9780367631468
March 8, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Trainees and practitioners need a trusted resource for mastering the essential skills and competencies necessary for effecting deep, lasting change in their clients. This second edition of Highly Effective Therapy: Effecting Deep Change in Counseling and Psychotherapy is that resource.

It updates the 20 essential skill-sets and clinical competencies needed for a highly effective and successful clinical practice. It illustrates them in action with evidence-based treatment protocols and clinical simulations to foster learning and competency. Sperry emphasizes the process of easily learning these research-based clinical competencies with added case examples and session transcriptions. New to this edition is trauma assessment, protective factors and ultra-brief cognitive behavioral interventions. 

This second edition is written in an accessible format and is essential for practitioners, trainees and instructors working in this field.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Developing Essential Clinical Competencies 1. Make and Implement Effective Clinical Decisions 2. Establish an Effective Therapeutic Alliance 3 Assess Readiness and Foster Treatment-Promoting Factors 4. Recognize and Resolve Resistance/Ambivalence 5. Recognize and Resolve Transference and Countertransference 6. Recognize and Repair Alliance Ruptures 7. Perform an Integrative Diagnostic Assessment 8. Develop an Accurate DSM Diagnosis 9. Develop an Integrative Case Conceptualization: Clinical Formulation 10. Develop an Integrative Case Conceptualization: Cultural Formulation 11. Develop an Integrative Case Conceptualization: Treatment Formulation 12. Draft an Integrative Clinical Case Report 13. Establish a Treatment Focus 14. Maintain the Treatment Focus 15. Effect Therapeutic Change 16. Plan and Implement Culturally Sensitive Treatment 17. Recognize and Resolve Treatment-Interfering Factors 18. Monitor Progress and Modify Treatment Accordingly 19. Evaluate Progress and Prepare Client for Termination 20. Utilize Supervision Effectively and Evaluate Competencies

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Dr. Len Sperry, M.D., Ph.D. , is Professor of Mental Health Counseling and Director of Clinical Training at Florida Atlantic University. He has taught, practiced, researched, and written about mental health counseling for more than 30 years. He is the editor of two major clinical journals and is on the editorial boards of 12 others. In addition, he is the editor of the "Core Competencies in Psychotherapy" Book Series (Routledge).


"Dr. Sperry is a master at writing very practical, insightful, and evidence-based contemporary advice for therapists who are in all stages of their career. In this revised edition of Highly Effective Therapy, he once again offers a must read, how-to book that should be embraced and followed by students and established therapists. If readers follow his approach with care both therapists and their clientele will likely benefit and even flourish." 

-Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP, Santa Clara University and Stanford University School of Medicine

"Every academic program in the fields of psychotherapy has to decide whether they merely want to graduate students who meet professional accreditation standards or whether they want to train master therapists. Those students as well as all professional practitioners have to decide whether they merely want to go to work or whether they want to excel at their profession, whether they want one year of experience 20 times over or 20 years of deliberate experience and increasing competence. For the latter in all these areas, the second edition of Highly Effective Therapy is the only book that matters."

-James Robert Bitter, Ed.D., East Tennessee State University

"Highly Effective therapy, Second Edition builds on the success of the popular first edition. This book is unique in the mental health literature with respect to the clarity with which it explains the evidence-based support for 20 core therapy competencies. Whether beginner or expert therapist, you will benefit from the practical advice and detailed case examples that can be easily applied irrespective of theoretical orientation."

-Brian A. Gerrard, PhD, Western Institute for Social Research and University of San Francisco