Forty of the most outstanding Jungian psychoanalysts in the world today contribute their wisdom, experience, and knowledge to this volume. This handbook brings up to date the perspectives in the field of clinically applied analytical psychology including perspectives from practitioners outside the United States. It is representative of Jungian psychology as an international movement that today is actively practiced on six continents. The authors of the chapters in this book come from eleven countries.
The contents of this volume cluster around five basic themes: the fundamental goals of Jungian psychoanalysis, the methods of treatment used in pursuit of these goals, reflections on the analytic process as this unfolds in the course of Jungian psychoanalysis, the training of future analysts, and other topics that include special clinical problems such as working with trauma victims, with handicapped patients, with children and adolescents, and with emergent religious and spiritual issues.
What is distinctive about this work is that it summarizes so well where the field of Jungian psychoanalysis has been, where it stands today in relation to a wide array of clinical issues, and where it is tending to project itself in the future. In addition, each chapter bears the distinctive voice of the author. There is no other work like this, not only in English but in any language.
Jungian psychoanalysts are today laying the groundwork for the field's second century of existence. The reason that this book is important today is that the vast field of clinical psychotherapy is now beginning to show signs of dissatisfaction with the recent heavy focus on behavioral and cognitive methods for short-term or "brief" psychotherapeutic treatment, and many practicing psychotherapists are looking for a means of securing more substantial and longer lasting effectiveness for their patients. As a result, Jungian psychoanalysis is going to gain attractiveness as a serious option for treating modern people in psychological distress. This book will inform the reader about what Jungian psychoanalysis is all about, how it relates to other therapeutic modalities being used in the contemporary scene, and what it can contribute to the debates that are now taking place among psychotherapists all over the world.