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On Learning from the Patient Paperback – 18 Apr 1985

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (18 April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415025532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415025539
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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"An excellent book which conveys expressively what may happen in a vivid psychoanalytic encounter. It will presumably establish a firm place for itself in psychoanalytic training." - Ludwig Haesler, Bulletin of the European Federation of Psychoanalysts

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Interesting and inspiring
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Very enjoyable. Very frank discussion of case studies, mostly about learning from his mistakes. Written from within the psychoanalytical discipline of intensive work, quotes Winnicott and Bion frequently. Nevertheless there is little or no jargon, he is an ex-social worker and says he is also writing for those with less arcane training. Shows great sensitivity to the patient and great emphasis on the importance of the patient's view of the analysis, is not far away from a Rogerian approach where the patient leads the therapy.
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Oh what a relief to read of the real dilemmas and confusion that is part of being a therapist, as well as the appreciation of what is being given by the patient. The bravery shown in the disclosing and exploration by the author of his own internal processes can help facilitate the reader in exploring their own.
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Patrick Casement's honesty in writing this book is an inspiration to those of us aiming to be counsellors. Not many therapists would reveal and discuss their own mistakes and oversights so openly, with a view to helping others learn from them. Casement promotes active listening skills and use of the "internal supervisor" to gain awareness both of the client’s and one’s own internal processes. Also key to his approach is a willingness to embrace uncertainty and not to make snap judgements, in effect to make use of what the poet John Keats called "negative capability." I highly recommend this book.
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As a trainee therapist, I have found this book absolutely invaluable. Casement writes with a clarity and honesty that is compelling and infinitely readable. I have found myself quoting Casement in numerous supervision sessions and among my fellow trainees as we have discussed therapeutic dilemmas and difficulties. An important book.
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This guy is a genius. The cases are so down to earth. He is so insightful and he is not afraid to let us learn from his mistakes. For me that is the mark of someone truly comfortable in their skin.
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A really interesting approach, helpful not just for developing clinical work and building on a theoretical understanding of psychoanalytic working, but also for developing skills as a reflective practitioner.
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