Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument

Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument : Affective Learning of Psychotherapy

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This book shows how the therapist's use of self, the key ingredient of successful treatment, can be developed into a sensitive instrument for therapy. With firsthand accounts of experiencing affective learning, the Scharffs take us through their work with clinicians studying dynamic psychotherapy in a group setting. Relevant to mental health professionals at all levels of expertise, this book is written for therapists invested in their own learning, teaching, and practice. Only by being open to ourselves, the Scharffs show, can we be truly responsive to our patients.show more

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  • Hardback | 421 pages
  • 162.8 x 235.5 x 29.5mm | 831.07g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765702452
  • 9780765702456

About David E. Scharff

Jill Savege Scharff, M.D., co-director of the International Institute of Object Relations Therapy, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University, and teaches child analysis at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. She has published extensively, is on the faculty of IIORT Chevy Chase, and chairs the couple, child, and family therapy program at IIORT Washington. Dr. Scharff is in private practice in Chevy Chase, working in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults, children, couples, and families. David E. Scharff, M. D., co-director of the International Institute of Object Relations Therapy, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University, and a teaching analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He has published extensively, is chair of IIORT Chevy Chase and Manhattan, and directs the two-year program in object relations theory and practice at IIORT Washington. Dr. Scharff is in the private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults, children, couples, and families in Chevy Chase.show more

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Jill and David Scharff's latest book sustains and elaborates their work on object relations therapy. It is an intelligent, lucid, and enriching book on how the therapist can integrate concrete knowledge and affective awareness in the ordinary work of psychotherapy. -- Christopher Bollas, PhD, British Psychoanalytical Society This brilliant and inspired book will quickly become a classic. The Scharffs, their colleagues, and students describe in detail and depth how psychotherapy can be taught and learned at both a cognitive and emotional level. -- Earl Hopper, Ph.D. Object relations theory has moved into the central focus of contemporary clinical work. In Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument, Jill and David Scharff bring object relations theory alive by focusing on cognitive learning in the context of alertness to affective reactions. This facilitates an intense learning experience. The interpersonal relations of small groups, large groups, couples, and the family replay and amplify the internal world of object relations. This reactivation facilitates the diagnosis of those intrapsychic structures, their primitive regressive manifestations, as well as their resolution in interpretive work. All is abundantly illustrated with interactions between students and teachers in the group process. I highly recommend this book to clinicians, researchers, and educators. -- Otto Kernberg, M.D.show more

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