Video Reviews of Alternative Psychotherapies: Evaluating Unconventional Mental Health Treatments
by Jean Mercer
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In this book, Jean Mercer evaluates a series of unconventional and potentially harmful psychological treatments that are rarely mentioned in the profession's literature. Mercer guides readers to an understanding of alternative psychotherapies that will help them advise clients with respect to existing and newly-emerging unconventional treatments.
Alternative Psychotherapies: Evaluating Unconventional Mental Health Treatments addresses concerns about current and newly-emerging mental health treatments that are considered "unconventional." In a parallel to complementary and alternative medical treatments, alternative psychotherapies lack research support, are at odds with established information about human personality and development, and may actually be harmful. Professionals and students in the helping professions may find such treatments confusing and difficult to differentiate from emerging therapies that have not yet established a foundation of evidence; this is especially problematic if clients propose using unconventional therapies they have found on the Internet. Alternative Psychotherapies examines a series of unconventional treatments in terms of the research supporting them, their theoretical and historical backgrounds, and the potential or documented adverse events that may be associated with them. Therapies for both adults and children are included, and topics range from recovered memory therapies to bodywork to treatments for autism and to special education issues. Alternative psychotherapies frequently share certain historical backgrounds, and psychotherapists can use historical insights as well as an understanding of basic research rules and psychological theory to identify unconventional treatments other than the ones discussed. The book concludes with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of greater regulation of alternative therapies, as compared to the current situation in which few mental health interventions are banned or limited by law.
Jean Mercer, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and author of a number of books on early development and critical thinking in psychology. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine and a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, the American Psychological Association, and the World Association for Infant Mental Health.
ISBN 1442234911 ISBN-13 9781442234918
Title Alternative Psychotherapies
Author Jean Mercer Format Hardcover Year 2014 Pages 238 Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Dimensions9.4 in. x 6.1 in.
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