The Beginning Psychotherapists Companion

Paperback | September 19, 2013

byJan Willer

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Filling in the gaps from students' lack of experience and confidence, The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion, Second Edition is a supportive and empathetic guide, addressing real-world concerns and providing essential insights not taught in textbooks. With a reassuring and clear writing style, Willer offers practical suggestions and clinical examples to address the professional development and emotional concerns of the beginning psychotherapist. She guides readers through structuring the first session, making clinical observations, andestablishing a therapeutic alliance. Through the use of culturally diverse clinical vignettes, Willer discusses the foundations of ethical practice, including informed consent, confidentiality, documentation, and setting boundaries. The reader is guided on how and when to refer clients formedication and other health care. Crisis management principles are detailed, including suicide and violence risk assessment, child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner violence, and rape. Willer also provides professional advice on contemporary concerns such as social networking, online searches of clients, the psychotherapist's internet presence, and other important emerging challenges. Comprehensive, practical, and thoroughly updated, The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion,Second Edition is the ideal resource for students and early career psychotherapists.

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Filling in the gaps from students' lack of experience and confidence, The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion, Second Edition is a supportive and empathetic guide, addressing real-world concerns and providing essential insights not taught in textbooks. With a reassuring and clear writing style, Willer offers practical suggestions and...

Jan Willer, PhD, is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago. As a former psychology internship training director, she has lectured, taught, and published on mental health training.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:466 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199931658

ISBN - 13:9780199931651

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionSection I: The Psychotherapist's Self And Relationships1. The Psychotherapist's Self2. The Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship3. The Therapeutic Frame4. Boundaries5. Psychotherapist-Client Differences and Coping with Prejudice6. Professional Electronic Communications and Data SecuritySection II: Getting Started With Psychotherapy7. Confidentiality and Informed Consent8. Making Clinical Observations9. Making a Diagnosis10. Professional Phone Contacts and the Initial Phone Call11. The First Session: Preparation, Tasks, and Structure12. Progress Notes and the Chart13. Starting Psychotherapy and Stabilizing the ClientSection III: Referrals14. Psychotropic Medication: Referrals and Adherence15. Health-Related Referrals16. Mental Health ReferralsSection IV: Crisis Readiness17. Managing Crises Step-by-Step18. Assessing Suicide Risk and Warning Signs19. Suicide Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Documentation20. Violence Risk Management21. Child and Elder Maltreatment, Intimate Partner Violence, and Rape CrisesSection V: Caring for Yourself and Your Clients22. Challenging Relationships and Emotions23. Becoming a Psychotherapist: Challenges, Rewards, and GrowthAfterwordAbout the AuthorReferencesIndex