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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember the names: Hubble, Duncan and Miller, 29 Sept. 2010
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This is a more expensive book but it's worth it. Hubble, Duncan and Miller are already well established, with much work to their names. What they have done in editing this marvellous book is to condense the important aspects of what they have gleaned and it is an important message. At about 450 pages, the hardback first edition (the second edition is now available) is in four parts.
- Part One examines what it is that leads to successful outcomes. The evidence suggests that the type of therapy or the techniques used come way down the list.
- Part Two goes into what really matters in therapy: the client (numerous points under this heading), the therapeutic relationship, the effect of placebo and expectation, a critique of the way in which the research community focuses on techniques and models when it should be weighted in other areas, and a chapter on what the research tells us about how people improve and how this knowledge can be used to change how you work.
- Part Three looks at how the knowledge from Parts One and Two can be used in different areas such as medicine, psychiatric drug treatment, family therapy and education.
- Part Four reveals the implications of all the above for you as an individual therapist and for how healthcare is managed.
This book would be valuable reading for healthcare managers as well as mental health workers. It would greatly assist a therapist in how to refine their practice. For those further up the organisational chain, it would help them direct resources in the right areas while avoiding wastage on things that do not significantly improve outcomes. It is written in non-technical language - anyone can pick this up and start to understand the ideas. Its logical format allows you to go straight to the areas you want. The information is well sourced, the reference material is clearly laid out at the end of each chapter and the contributors list impressive. If you are running a mental health organisation, the research based findings in this book will probably be extremely important for you. You may well find you have been doing the wrong things for a long time.
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The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy by Mark A. Hubble (Hardcover - 31 Jan. 1999)
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