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The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy
Schore, Allan N.
Norton Professional Books / Hardcover / 2012-04-01 / 0393706648
Developmental Psychology
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432 pages
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The latest work from a pioneer in the study of the development of the self.

Focusing on the hottest topics in psychotherapy-attachment, developmental neuroscience, trauma, the developing brain-this book provides a window into the ideas of one of the best-known writers on these topics. Following Allan Schore's very successful books on affect regulation and dysregulation, also published by Norton, this is the third volume of the trilogy. It offers a representative collection of essential expansions and elaborations of regulation theory, all written since 2005.

As in the first two volumes of this series, each chapter represents a further development of the theory at a particular point in time, presented in chronological order. Some of the earlier chapters have been re-edited: those more recent contain a good deal of new material that has not been previously published.

The first part of the book, Affect Regulation Therapy and Clinical Neuropsychoanalysis, contains chapters on the art of the craft, offering interpersonal neurobiological models of the change mechanism in the treatment of all patients, but especially in patients with a history of early relational trauma. These chapters contain contributions on "modern attachment theory" and its focus on the essential nonverbal, unconscious affective mechanisms that lie beneath the words of the patient and therapist; on clinical neuropsychoanalytic models of working with relational trauma and pathological dissociation: and on the use of affect regulation therapy (ART) in the emotionally stressful, heightened affective moments of clinical enactments.

The chapters in the second part of the book on Developmental Affective Neuroscience and Developmental Neuropsychiatry address the science that underlies regulation theory's clinical models of development and psychopathogenesis. Although most mental health practitioners are actively involved in child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapeutic treatment, a major theme of the latter chapters is that the field now needs to more seriously attend to the problem of early intervention and prevention.

“Seldom does one have the privilege of reviewing work as important and impressive as these volumes...One cannot over-emphasize the significance of Schore’s monumental creative labor...Schore’s prodigious erudition is illuminating. He draws on interdisciplinary literature from developmental psychology, attachment theory and research, developmental biology, neurobiology, neurochemistry, and developmental neuropsychoanalysis…Oliver Sacks’s work has made a great deal of difference to neurology, but Schore’s is perhaps even more revolutionary and pivotal. I am pleased to steer all my distinguished neurologist friends to these volumes.” — Contemporary Psychoanalysis

“Allan Schore has become a heroic figure among many psychotherapists for his massive reviews of neuroscience that center on the patient-therapist relationship.” — Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence

About the Author:

Allan N. Schore, Ph.D., is on the clinical faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. He is the author of Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, as well as numerous articles and chapters in various disciplines. He is the editor of the Special Issue of the Infant Mental Health Journal, 'Contributions from the Decade of the Brain to Infant Mental Health,' is on the editorial board of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis, and has written the foreword to the reissue of John Bowlby's volume Attachment. He has been in private psychotherapy practice for over three decades and resides in Northridge, CA.

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