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Brief But Comprehensive Psychotherapy

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Brief But Comprehensive Psychotherapy

SKU# 9780826102737

The Multimodal Way

Author: Arnold Lazarus PhD, ABPP


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The current healthcare environment has created a need for short-term, time-limited, cost-effective and brief forms of psychotherapy, emphasizing efficiency and efficacy. The central message is "don't waste time." But how can one be brief and also comprehensive?

In his latest addition to the psychotherapy literature, the renowned Arnold Lazarus modernizes his eclectic and goal-oriented approach to psychotherapy. Dr. Lazarus employs and transcends customary methods of diagnosis and treatment by providing several distinctive assessment procedures and therapeutic recommendations. Using his traditional acronym--BASIC ID--he stresses the assessment of seven dimensions of a client's personality:

      Interpersonal relationships
      (the need for) Drugs

This volume contains many ideas that will augment and enhance the skills and clinical repertoires of every therapist.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 16, 2006
  • Page Count 192
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102737
  • EISBN 9780826196842

Table of Contents 

Foreword by Cyril M. Franks
  1. Let's Cut to the Chase
  2. Elucidating the Main Ratinoale
  3. What is the Multimodal Way?
  4. Theories and Techniques
  5. Multimodal Assessment Procedures: Bridging and Tracking
  6. Multimodal Assessment Procedures: Second-Order BASIC I. D. and Structural Profiles
  7. Some Elements of Effective Brevity
  8. Activity and Serendipity
  9. Two Specific Applications: Sexual Desire Disorders and Dysthymia
  10. Couples Therapy
  11. Some Common Time Wasters
  12. Epilogue
Appendix 1: :Multimodal Life History Inventory
Appendix 2: Structural Profile Inventory
Appendix 3: Expanded Structural Profile
Appendix 4: Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire (Revised)
Appendix 5: Article on Eclecticism and Integration (1995)
Author Index
Subject Index