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Visions in Psychotherapy Research and Practice
Reflections from Presidents of the Society for Psychotherapy Research

ISBN 9780415506809
Published March 6, 2015 by Routledge
458 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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The Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) is devoted to the development and dissemination of research, as well as the integration of empirical, theoretical, and clinical knowledge in psychotherapy. A highlight of the SPR annual meeting is the presidential address, wherein the president delivers what many view as the most important presentation of their career. In Visions of Psychotherapy, Bernhard Strauss, Jacques Barber, and Louis Castonguay, three recent past presidents, compile the preceding 20 presidential addresses from SPR into a single volume. Then, the living presidents (19 of the 20) comment on how the visions they described in their addresses have developed over time.

Table of Contents

Preface Bernhard M. Strauss, Jacques P. Barber, Louis G. Castonguay  Introduction: Forty Years of Research and Relationships: A Personal Perspective on the Past, Present and Future of SPR David Orlinsky with Irene Elkin  1. Research on the Process of Change; Studying What People Actually Do in Sessions: Dream No Small Dreams For They Have No Power to Move the Hearts of Men Leslie S. Greenberg  2. Narration and Observation in Psychotherapy Research: Reporting on a 20-Year-Long Journey from Qualitative Case Reports to Quantitative Studies on the Psychoanalytic Process; From Narration to Observation and Back to Narration in Psychotherapy Research Horst Kachele  3. Every Psychopathology is a Gift of Love; Every Psychopathology is Still a Gift of Love Lorna Smith Benjamin  4. Pschemas, Psychopathology and Pscyhotherapy Research Leonard M. Horowitz  5. Finding Out How Psychotherapies Help People Change; How, Now, To Find Out How Psychotherapies Help People Change? Reflections of a Retired Psychotherapy Researcher David A. Shapiro  6. Dreams and Therapy; Dreams and Therapy: Revisited 15 Years Later Clara E. Hill  7. The Interpersonal Interior of Psychotherapy; The Interpersnal Interior of Psychotherapy, Revisited Pauls Crits-Christoph  8. Signs and Voices in Psychotherapy; Signs and Voices Fourteen Years On Williams B. Stiles  9. Consensus in Psychotherapy Research and Practice: Where Have all the Findings Gone?; Reaching Consensus Through Evidence-Based Principles of Change Marvin R. Goldfried  10. Collaboration in the New Millennium; Collaboration in Psychotherapy Research William E. Piper  11. Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design; Commentary on "Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design" Robert Elliot  12. Psychotherapy Research and Neurobiology: Challenge, Chance, or Enrichment?; Psychotherapy Research and Neurobiology: Challenge, Chance, or Enrichment? Are We Wiser Ten Years Later? Franz Caspar  13. Extending the Scientific Foundation of Psychotherapy Research Karla Moras  14. The Person of the Therapist; "The Person of the Therapist," Revisited Mark Aveline  15. Conceptualization and Treatment of Personality Disorders; Conceptualization and Treatment of Personality Disorders: 2005 to the Present John F. Clarkin  16. What We Have Learned From a Decade of Research Aimed At Improving Psychotherapy Outcome in Routine Care; Formally Tracking Patient Treatment Reduces Treatment Failure and Enhances Psychotherapy Outcomes: Commentary on My Presidential Address Michael J. Lambert  17. Resonating Minds: A School-Independent Theoretical Conception and Its Empirical Application to Psychotherapeutic Processes; Resonating Minds – Any Resonance Erhard Mergenthaler  18. Toward a Working Through of Some Core Conflicts in Psychotherapy Research Jacques P. Barber  19. Leaving Splendid Isolation - Why Psychotherapy Trainees and Researchers Should Communicate With Each Other Bernhard M. Strauss  20. Psychotherapy, Psychopathology, Research and Practice: Pathways of Connections and Integration Louis G. Castonguay  21. What the Future Holds for Psychotherapy Research Bernhard M. Strauss, Louis G. Castonguay, and Jacques P. Barber

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Bernhard M. Strauss, PhD, is full professor of medical psychology and psychotherapy and head of the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Jena, Germany.

Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP, is professor and dean of the Derner Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychology at Adelphi University. 

Louis G. Castonguay, PhD, is professor at the department of psychology at Penn State University. 


"The Society for Psychotherapy Research provides a warm and inviting home for researchers, and this book invites you to visit that home. Each chapter distills the contributions of a creative and innovative leader in the field. Brought together in this volume, the chapters offer a fascinating view of psychotherapy research as it has developed all over the world and over time." Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Science Center and clinical professor at the University of California–Berkeley

"Publishing the past 20 years of SPR presidential addresses along with the current comments of these distinguished scholars is a brilliant idea. Together they provide the reader with an exciting account of the past and future of psychotherapy research and will be instructive to graduate students and senior investigators alike." George Stricker, PhD, professor at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC

"To have a perspective on the history of psychotherapy research and to gain insights into where the field is going, there is nobody better to ask than former presidents of the Society of Psychotherapy Research. The editors have a mined a vast reserve of knowledge. These presidential addresses and the presidents' reflections are fascinating reading!" Bruce E. Wampold, PhD, ABPP, Patricia L. Wolleat Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway

"On whole, the book provides an overachring understanding of the evolution of many central concepts in the field of psychotherapy research today. Because the core of the book is based upon oration, the tone tends to be more personable than many academic articles. At the same time, the concepts discussed are sophisticated and the discourse assumes familiarity with the central concepts in the field of psychotherapy research. We think it would be of interest to both novice and experienced psychotherapy resaerchers, and it could become a useful auxiliary textbook for graduate students in psychotherapy research classes. [...] Each presidential address motivates the reader to maintain an openness and curiousity about concepts that are relevant to the contemporary study of psychotherapy today [...] The book can be read as a guide on how to become a creative productive researcher as many of hte authors describe their own processes of development.  [...] In addition, Visions in Psychotherapy Research and Practice showcases the multiplicity of methods used in psychotherapy resaerch. [...] From a historical perspective, the commentaries made by past presidents reflecting upon the remarks they made during their address are fascinating." -Heidi M. Levitt and Francisco I. Surace, PsycCRITIQUES, 2015