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Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis 8th Edition

James O. Prochaska, John C. Norcross

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010, 2007, 2003
  • 576 Pages


Comprehensive, systematic, and balanced, SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY uses a wealth of clinical case illustrations to help readers understand a wide variety of psychotherapies--including psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, existential, person-centered, experiential, interpersonal, exposure, behavioral, cognitive, systemic, multicultural, and integrative. The Eighth Edition thoroughly analyzes 17 leading systems of psychotherapy and briefly surveys another 31, thereby providing a broader scope than is available in most textbooks. Prochaska and Norcross explore each system's theory of personality, theory of psychopathology, and resulting therapeutic process and therapy relationship. By doing so, they demonstrate how much psychotherapy systems agree on the processes producing change, while showing how they disagree on the content that needs to be changed. To bring these similarities and differences to life, the authors also present the limitations, practicalities, and outcome research of each system of psychotherapy. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

James O. Prochaska, University of Rhode Island

James O. Prochaska, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the Cancer Prevention Research Consortium at the University of Rhode Island and a clinical psychologist in part-time private practice. He has been the principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling over $75 million and has been recognized by the American Psychological Society as one of the five most-cited authors in psychology. His 30 book chapters and over 200 scholarly articles focus on self-change, health promotion, and psychotherapy from a transtheoretical perspective, the subject of his popular book, CHANGING FOR GOOD (with John Norcross and Carlo DiClemente).

John C. Norcross, University of Scranton

John C. Norcross, PhD, is professor and former chair of psychology as well as distinguished university fellow at the University of Scranton, and a clinical psychologist in part-time independent practice. Author of more than 250 scholarly articles, Dr. Norcross has written or edited 15 books, the most recent being EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES IN MENTAL HEALTH and PSYCHOTHERAPY RELATIONSHIPS THAT WORK. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. Among his awards are APA's Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award, Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice.
  • A new chapter on third-wave therapies (Chapter 11) includes acceptance and mindfulness approaches.
  • The chapter on experiential therapies (Chapter 6) has been reorganized to focus equally on Gestalt and emotion-focused therapy.
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  • Chapter 12, "Systemic Therapies," includes a new section on the emerging evidence-based family therapies.
  • The psychodynamic and experiential chapters (Chapters 3 and 6) pay more attention to attachment-based therapies.
  • Chapter 17, "Comparative Conclusions," includes greater consideration of the transtheoretical model.
  • The authors present updated reviews of meta-analyses and controlled outcome studies conducted on each psychotherapy system.
  • Controlled outcome studies and meta-analytic reviews to evaluate the psychotherapies are summarized throughout the text.
  • The text attends to the role of gender and race in psychotherapy both within each chapter (in the form of contextual criticisms of the psychotherapy system) and in two separate chapters (13 and 14).
  • An Alternative Table of Contents appears as an appendix for instructors who wish to focus on the change processes cutting across theories, rather than the psychotherapy theories themselves.
  • The book provides an integrative framework that embraces both the essential similarities and the fundamental differences among the psychotherapies.
  • The transtheoretical approach and stages of change serves as an organizational approach within the text, thus providing a high level of integration.
  • Each chapter features an in-depth discussion of the case of Mrs. C to illustrate the therapy presented in that chapter. Additional case examples throughout the book highlight the concepts and topics presented. To further enhance student learning, lists of key terms, recommended readings, and recommended websites appear at the end of each chapter.
1. Defining and Comparing the Psychotherapies.
2. Psychoanalytic Therapies.
3. Psychodynamic Therapies.
4. Existential Therapies.
5. Person-Centered Therapies.
6. Experiential Therapies.
7. Interpersonal Therapies.
8. Exposure Therapies.
9. Behavior Therapies.
10. Cognitive Therapies.
11. Third-Wave Therapies.
12. Systemic Therapies.
13. Gender-Sensitive Therapies.
14. Multicultural Therapies.
15. Constructivist Therapies.
15. Integrative Therapies.
17. Comparative Conclusions.
18. The Future of Psychotherapy.
Appendix: Alternative Table of Contents.