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Author Coale, Helen W

Title The Vulnerable Therapist : Practicing Psychotherapy in an Age of Anxiety
Published Florence : Routledge, 1998


Description 1 online resource (289 pages)
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- About the Author -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Chapter 1: Introduction: Ethical Contexts, Ethical Rules -- What Is Context? -- The Relevance of Context to Professional Ethics -- Problems with Rule-Based Ethics -- The Impossibility of Functioning Ethically in an Unethical Profession -- Summary -- Chapter 2: The Crisis of Meaning in Psychotherapy and the Vulnerable Therapist -- Loss of Meaning -- The Gods of Individualism, Narcissism, and the Marketplace -- The Themes of Victimhood and Survivalism
From Individual to Social Pathology -- The Mental Health Professions' Response to the Crisis of Meaning -- The Need for Transformation in the Mental Health Professions -- Summary -- Chapter 3: Social Constructionism and Its Implications for the Mental Health Professions -- The Evolution of Social Constructionism -- Psychotherapists: Latecomers to Social Constructionism -- Implications of Social Constructionism for Psychotherapy -- Summary -- Chapter 4: Language: Some Theoretical Considerations -- Language: The Meaning Maker -- Classical Theories of Language -- The Social Construction of Language
Categories, Prototypes, and Idealized Cognitive Models -- Language Development in Children -- The Power to Define Good and Bad, Sane and Mad -- Summary -- Chapter 5: Diagnosis: The Power to Name -- The Social Control Functions of Diagnosis -- Professional Resistance to Feminist Revisions of Diagnosis -- Institutional Self-Preservation: A Hidden Agenda of DSM -- The Accommodation of Other Disciplines to the DSM -- Summary -- Chapter 6: Social Constructionism's Challenge to Traditional Mental Health Beliefs: Some Additional Examples -- Ideas About the Self
Ideas About Child Development and Developmental Stages -- Ideas About Feelings -- Ideas About Intelligence -- Ideas About Family -- Summary -- Chapter 7: The Language of Professional Ethics: Some Buzzwords -- Touch in Psychotherapy -- Boundaries -- Dual Roles -- The Risks of Risk Management -- Summary -- Chapter 8: Legal Vulnerability: Context -- Incidence of Complaints Against Psychotherapists -- Factors Contributing to the Legal Vulnerability of Therapists -- Summary -- Chapter 9: Licensing Boards, Malpractice Actions, and Profiles of Complaints -- Licensing Boards -- Malpractice Actions
Profiles of Complaints -- The Mental Health Professions as Incestuous Systems -- Summary -- Chapter 10: Psychological Vulnerability -- Values, Beliefs, and Practices -- Practice Context -- Life-Cycle Issues -- Sudden and Unpredictable Crises and Events -- Unique Aspects of Therapist History, Character, and Emotional Life -- Increased Psychological Vulnerability in a Context of Anxiety and Litigiousness -- Summary -- Chapter 11: Alternatives to Traditional Models -- Feminist Ethics -- Social Constructionist Ethics -- The Ethics of Communal Welfare -- Ethics by Character of the Therapist -- Summary
Notes Chapter 12: Toward an Ethic of Multiplicity and Mutuality
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Form Electronic book
Author De Piano, Frank
ISBN 9781317791003