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Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Clinical Pragmatism
Reflective Practice and Therapeutic Action

ISBN 9781138825727
Published March 1, 2021 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This volume explores how the principles and values of pragmatic philosophy serve as orienting perspectives for critical thinking in contemporary psychotherapy and clinical practice.

Drawing on the contributions of William James and John Dewey, Neuroscience, Psychotherapy, and Clinical Pragmatism introduces a model of clinical pragmatism emphasizing the individuality of the person, open-ended dialogue, experiential learning, and the practical outcomes of ideas and methods. In a second part, chapters show how recent developments in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology deepen our understanding of change and growth in accord with the principles of clinical pragmatism. Finally, the volume reviews paradigms of psychotherapy across the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic traditions. Case studies show how the pluralist orientation of clinical pragmatism enlarges concepts of therapeutic action.

This text has been written for psychotherapists as well as scholars, educators, and trainees in the fields of psychiatry, clinical psychology, counseling, and social work.

Table of Contents


Part I. Pragmatism

Chapter 1. Toward a Clinical Pragmatism

Part II. The Science of Mind

Chapter 2. Orienting Perspectives in Neuroscience

Chapter 3. Neuroscience and Therapeutic Action

Part III. Clinical Theories and Therapeutic Action

Chapter 4. The Psychodynamic Paradigm: Depth Psychology

Chapter 5. The Psychodynamic Paradigm: Relational Perspectives

Chapter 6. The Behavioral Paradigm

Chapter 7. The Cognitive Paradigm

Chapter 8. The Humanistic Paradigm

Chapter 9. Clinical Pragmatism and Therapeutic Action

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William Borden teaches at the University of Chicago, USA, where he directs the post-graduate Fellowship Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He works in independent practice as a psychotherapist.