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What Works For Whom?: A Critical Review Of Psychotherapy Research
What Works For Whom?: A Critical Review Of Psychotherapy Research
by Anthony Roth University College London; Peter Fonagy University of London.
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of research material but..., 21 Nov. 2010
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This is a useful book to have for researchers and is on the reading list for some courses. My issue with it is that it is heavily weighted in favour of specific forms of evidence, such as RCTs (Randomised Controlled Trials). If that is the evidence that you want, then there is plenty of it from many different studies. I don't feel that enough has been done to put the use of RCTs into context by a comparison with the use of outcome measures or a caveat about cases where the the evidence-based approach can present a misleading picture. If you buy it, then I suggst you balance it with something like the following: Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Facts are Friendly, Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychotherapy or The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy


The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy
The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy
by Colin Feltham
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value comprehensive guide, 16 Nov. 2010
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At nearly 600 pages, this handbook is packed with information and is a really good reference point with many contributors from diverse corners of this field. Just about any counselling / psychotherapy subject you might wish to look up appears to be covered to a decent depth: socio - cultural perspectives (gender, religion etc), skills and clinical practice, professional issues (outcome measures such as CORE, ethics etc.), different theories and approaches (30 different contributions covering over 100 pages on this part), client presenting problems, and specialisms & modalities (personal growth, student counselling, telephone counselling etc). It's also good at providing you with the different arguments behind ongoing debates. I give this four stars because for what I do, I don't use it as much as other material - but I can understand why others have given it five stars. Compared to other handbooks that I have browsed through in bookshops, this is the best value for the range of contributors, the range of subjects and the weight of useful information. It would be a valuable study aid to anyone pursuing a counselling / psychotherapy qualification. For professionals, it is a useful means of quickly getting detailed information.


Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling
Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling
by James Derek Lawley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different to other books on metaphor, 15 Nov. 2010
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Many books on metaphor are lists, stories and anecdotes. What sets this book apart is that it delves into the many ways in which the idea of metaphor can be applied. It is particularly instructive in teaching you how to get the most out of the different ways in which a client might try to articulate a problem: a glance, a look, a sound, a gesture, a word etc. It teaches you how you can then use that initial opening, that 'entry point' into the client's world, and broaden it out through 'clean language' (i.e. communicating ideas without disrupting the client's model of reality) and a structured format for building on small cues. A useful set of skills to have. Therapists familiar with Milton Erickson's ideas should appreciate this guide.


Inverted World (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Inverted World (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Christopher Priest
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully imaginative idea, 15 Nov. 2010
An entire city, its inhabitants closed off from the outside world by high walls and a code of secrecy, is steadily made to traverse a treacherous landscape. It has to keep moving. The truth about its perilous condition is known only to an elite group of guild members who, down the generations, have been responsible for keeping the city on the move, allowing the citizens to live in benign ignorance. With that enticing picture, we follow the life of a young man, newly initiated into the guild system, as he gradually learns the reality of the city's situation. Then things start to change. The idea of the city being dragged along was enough to lure me into buying this book. The images conjured up by it stayed with me long after finishing it. A unique, imaginative tale.


Beginner's Dari (Hippocrene Beginner's)
Beginner's Dari (Hippocrene Beginner's)
by Shaista Wahab
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good way to start learning Dari / Farsi, 15 Nov. 2010
I bought the 2004 edition, which came out prior to the inclusion of a CD. As a way to start getting into the language and the written script, I found this book particularly useful because it is simple, it gives you the basics from which to develop your own learning and it has the clearest Dari script of any book I have seen so far: thick, clear lines that help you match the written script to the English translation. Apart from the test scripts, all of the sentences and the mini dictionary in the back give the English, the Anglicised Dari and the written Dari script. For its clarity and simplicity as a great way for a beginner to start, it gets top marks.


The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts
The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts
by J. Amberger
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and fun for anyone with an interest in martial arts or military history, 15 Nov. 2010
I was given this book as a gift. I have no background in sword-related martial arts but I found it fun, informative and absorbing. It's a good book for people who have some connection with any martial art or military history. You can easily dip in and out of it. It has humour, curiosities and first hand accounts from across the centuries. It's like a modern, more accessible version of Richard Burton's classic The Book of the Sword.


The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.19

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have never read the Quran before, then this is the one for you, 15 Nov. 2010
This translation has plenty of footnotes by the translator to explain why he has used certain phrases and more importantly, their significance given the context of the time. Some translations leave you trying to make sense of odd-sounding verses - this translation nicely clears up the confusion by telling you what was going on at the time that those verses came about and to what events they refer. An internet search on the translator (Abdul Haleem) reveals that he has a great deal of credibility, both for his knowledge of his subject and his attitude of moderation and tolerance.


Nine Lives: Encounters with the Holy in Modern India
Nine Lives: Encounters with the Holy in Modern India
by William Dalrymple
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at the lives of others, 15 Nov. 2010
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William Dalrymple is already well-established. All that needs to be added is that each of the chapters in this book tells the story of someone's life: and what characters they are. We have the chance to observe their rites of passage, their difficulties and their journeys - all set amidst the backdrop of some sort of change; domestic, cultural, national. The other Dalrymple books I have read tend to focus on a sense of place, into which he weaves the personal. I feel that in this book he puts each of the nine lives at the centre of the narrative, and through their personal stories, he informs you of a bigger picture. A delight to read - warm, human and (to a westerner) eye-opening.


The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy
The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy
by Barry L. Duncan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £33.58

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Information every mental health professional needs to know, 15 Nov. 2010
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Mick Cooper's Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Facts are Friendly will give you a taste of the sort of material that can be found in The Heart and Soul of Change series. The second edition is packed with the latest research that shows you what is really going in the field of mental health. The editors have done a great job in distilling the research findings into something highly readable and thought-provoking. Their recommendations have important implications for how mental healthcare professionals work. This book appears relatively expensive but for the amount of information and advice it contains it represents excellent value for money, especially when compared to what you might spend on training and publications. I believe that therapists and therapeutic organisations cannot afford to be without this knowledge. Barry Duncan's book On Becoming a Better Therapist will give you a flavour of how this book can be put to practical use.


On Becoming a Better Therapist
On Becoming a Better Therapist
by Barry L. Duncan
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No matter how good you think you are..., 15 Nov. 2010
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Barry Duncan, one of the editors of the The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy books, shows you how to implement the ideas behind the 'Client Directed, Outcome Informed' approach. He begins by presenting the research that shows how therapists that routinely monitor the client's perception of their sessions can improve their outcomes. So many books, journals and manuals stress the importance of the alliance and what the client brings to therapy, but never get beyond generalisations such as: 'empathy', co-operation' etc. This book explains how any therapist, irrespective of their role or training background, can start to put the latest research findings into effect. Once you start to put his ideas to use in your own work, I doubt very much you'll go back to your old way of doing things.


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