Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument: Affective Learning of Psychotherapy

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Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.

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This book shows how the therapist’s use of the self, the key ingredient of successful treatment, can be developed into a sensitive instrument for therapy. With firsthand accounts of experiencing affective learning, the Scharff’s take us through their work with clinicians studying dynamic psychotherapy in a group setting. They demonstrate how the group process brings a depth and richness to the clinical material and transforms the therapist’s way of thinking and working with emotional experience. Intellectual understanding and emotional responses to clinical material are integrated and this enhanced learning is brought into clinical practice. The internal object relations of patient and therapist are clarified through the transference; the same awareness occurs as therapists learn together in the affective learning group. This here-and-now examination of object relationships is highly effective and growth enhancing. Relevant to mental health professionals at all levels of expertise, this book is written for therapists invested in their own learning, teaching, and practice. Only by being open to ourselves, the Scharff’s show, can we truly be responsive to our patients.

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