Handbook of Homework Assignments in Psychotherapy: Research, by Nikolaos Kazantzis

By Nikolaos Kazantzis

The strategy of psychotherapy is largely a way of supporting sufferers to assist themselves. As such, psychotherapy isn't really restricted to the quite short in-session session time with the practitioner. really, sufferers' engagement in healing actions among periods has turn into an enormous a part of the treatment procedure. Such actions, usually termed 'homework', are imperative to making sure that healing objectives are reached.

The guide of Homework in Psychotherapyis the 1st source for the practising clinician that addresses the position of homework throughout significant healing paradigms and complicated scientific difficulties. It opens with a chain of practice-orientated chapters at the function of homework in several psychotherapies (acceptance and dedication, client-centered, constructivist, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, kin, interpersonal, psychodynamic) written by means of a world crew of professional psychotherapy practitioner-researchers. Then, skilled practitioners current ideas, examples, and formulated assignments to be used with diverse populations (couples, households, older adults) and complicated difficulties (chronic melancholy, persistent soreness, consuming problems, obsessions and compulsions, character problems, psychosis, sexual disorder, substance abuse, worrying mind injury). The Handbook closes with 3 chapters through best psychotherapy theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners that critique the on hand examine proof for homework, combine the strategies for utilizing homework in perform, and likewise supply instructions for homework's position in prevention.

Each bankruptcy presents:

  • A short evaluation of the approach
  • Review of present empirical support
  • Recommendations for practice
  • Illustration of homework's position in perform and prevention via unique case stories
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  • Individualized use of homework, instead of a suite of "one-size-fits-all" assignments

Novice and pro psychotherapists from all education backgrounds will locate important principles during this quantity. The Handbook ably enhances many present educating psychotherapy texts in graduate and residency courses through delivering real-world services in a middle function of treatment. Researchers, too, will locate new insights at the price of among- consultation assignments and destiny instructions for research as our knowing of homework's function in psychotherapy maintains to evolve.

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David was very concerned in situations that involved movement. Being on escalators, elevators, moving walkways, and so forth caused him to experience significant physical symptoms that often escalated into full-blown panic attacks. David found these feelings very uncomfortable and was also concerned that he might fall and hurt BEHAVIOR THERAPY 33 himself in these situations. This led David to avoid many situations. Another trigger for his panic was driving any faster than 25 miles per hour, restricting him to driving only on side streets in his neighborhood.

In order for these new associations to form, patients must practice them more frequently than would be afforded by a weekly therapy session. Patients might relate to the idea that behavior change is very much like learning a new language. Simply taking a language class would not lead to fluency. Rather, between classes, students should listen to language tapes, read newspapers or watch TV in the language, and practice conversing with a fellow student or someone fluent in the language. Students would probably benefit most from visiting a country where the language is spoken.

The therapist taught the game to the child’s mother, and homework was to play the game each day. In addition to making homework “fun,” other strategies can increase homework compliance with young patients. Patients can be given the choice of homework assignments that are all equally “acceptable” to the therapist, ensuring that they feel they have some control over the therapy process. For example, a child with separation anxiety can be asked to choose from going to soccer, swimming, or piano one day after school the following week.

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