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Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
A Basic Text, Second Edition

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
Series Editor: Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
233 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-385-3
Item #62385

DVD Included!

At the time Dr. Glen O. Gabbard’s first edition of Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy came out in 2004, the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee (RRC) mandated that all psychiatric residents must become competent in five different psychotherapies, including psychodynamic psychotherapy. Just a few years later, the RRC reduced the number of mandated psychotherapies from five to three, with psychodynamic psychotherapy being one of the triad needed in training. Also during that time, much rigorous research appeared in the pages of major psychiatric and psychological journals further confirming the efficacy and value of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text, Second Edition, is focused on the key concepts, assessment, indications, formulations, therapist interventions, goals of therapy, and the mechanisms of therapeutic action all mental health professionals need in their daily clinical experience. In this manual, Dr. Gabbard expands on the application of basic theory and techniques in actual clinical practice. Therapeutic topics are brought to life on a companion DVD that gives students and residents a visual reference to the text through video vignettes of a senior clinician at work.

As useful to educators as it is to students, Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy serves as a guide to understanding the thinking behind the therapist’s actions in a wide variety of situations. This “fly on the wall” glimpse into therapeutic mechanisms helps future psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors, nurses and others put psychodynamic psychotherapy into the proper context for long-term, successful treatment. This manual delves into the goals of therapy and the mechanisms for therapeutic action, including:

  • Assessment
  • Indications and formulation
  • Therapist intervention
  • Using fantasies and dreams in therapeutic action
  • Identifying and working with countertransference
  • Optimal use of supervision

In addition to the DVD that serves as a guide to understanding the thinking behind the therapist’s choices, this book also features a greatly expanded discussion of the evidence base for psychodynamic psychotherapy and a more extensive discussion on gender in transference. It also updates the neurobiological correlation between dreaming and its implications in psychotherapy and elaborates on the contribution of resistance to contemporary thinking.

Equally important, Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy provides its readers with a clear road map to greater understanding through practical, hands-on application such as case writeups, oral presentations at case conferences, written examinations, oral examinations, videotaped recordings and direct observations, audiotape recordings, and supervision to help build competent skills and broad knowledge.

Introduction. Key concepts. Assessment, indications, and formulation. The nuts and bolts of psychotherapy: getting started. Therapeutic interventions: what does the therapist say and do? Goals and therapeutic action. Working with resistance. Use of dreams and fantasies in dynamic psychotherapy. Identifying and working with countertransference. Working through and termination. Use of supervision. Evaluating core competencies in long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Index.

"Modestly presented as a basic text, this volume is a masterful consolidation of the great currents of psychodynamic thought, brought to life with hands-on, practical wisdom about what to actually do and say in treatment. It should be read at least twice in every professional career—once as a trainee learning the basics, and once as an experienced clinician able to appreciate its nuance and depth. This is Glen Gabbard, master teacher and clinician, at his finest."—Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

"Glen Gabbard’s extensive clinical experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy provides the backdrop for this superb textbook for the beginning and intermediate-level psychodynamic psychotherapist. Once again Dr. Gabbard has provided for trainees and practitioners lucid descriptions of the key concepts and history of psychodynamic psychotherapy, technique, and therapeutic action, amply illustrated with well-chosen clinical vignettes. The addition of findings from cognitive neuroscience studies of unconscious mental functioning, psychodynamic psychotherapy efficacy studies and the updated section on evaluating core competencies bring the reader up to date with advances in the field."—Lisa A. Mellman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training

"This revision of Dr. Gabbard's introductory "course" in psychodynamic psychotherapy is a gift to all students of this complex yet essential form of treatment. An already outstanding volume is much improved by thoughtful additions to the text and accompanying videos that bring the words alive. It is like have one of the great clinician/educators of our time in the room, steadily opening doors to understanding."—David A. Goldberg, M.D., Chair & Residency Training Dir, CA Pacific Med Ctr, Past Exec Dir & Pres, American Assoc Dir Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), Past Pres, Assoc Acad Psychiatry (AAP)

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., occupies the Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychotherapy Education, and Director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He served as Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2001�2007.