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- DescriptionIn this thought-provoking book, Ronald B. Miller contends that we seek psychotherapy to relieve our suffering. For those who practice clinical psychology, therapy is thus a moral undertaking. Yet for historical reasons, psychological science has, in the author's view, become a de-moralized realm of theory and research, with limited relevance to practice. As frustrated graduates of clinical psychology programs often come to realize, scientific kwledge is t, in and of itself, a satisfactory preparation for clinical work. The greatest strength of scientific kwledge, its combination of abstract principles and objective data, becomes in the clinical realm also its greatest weakness. One can kw the research cold and still be unprepared for a useful clinical interaction with a troubled person. In a broad, multidisciplinary review of the literature, Miller argues that there is an urgent need for a learning process that helps prepare students to understand the intrinsically moral nature of therapeutic encounters and to cultivate the clinical kwledge that is produced by such work. He proposes that the clinical case-study is the optimal vehicle for communicating clinical kwledge and conducting clinical research. While case studies are frequently derided as being of limited applicability, Miller shows how, by following a quasi-judicial method, case law and reliable principles of practice can be developed. Designed for the undergraduate, graduate student, or professional psychologist who has become disenchanted with the limitations of experimental and quantitative approach to psychology, this compassionate book provides answers for those who seek a legitimate alternative.
- Author(s)Ronald B. Miller
- PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
- Date of Publication31/03/2004
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Place of PublicationWashington DC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAmerican Psychological Association
- Weight885 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine25 mm
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