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Brief Therapy with Intimidating Cases: Changing the Unchangeable
Richard Fisch and Karin Schlanger
Jossey-Bass | Wiley / Hardcover / 1999-02-01 / 0787943649
Collaborative Therapies
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Brief therapy has proven to be an effective form of treatment for a variety of common psychological problems including marital conflict, parenting issues, anxiety, moderate depression, and simple phobias. But can short-term therapy be a successful therapeutic technique for clinicians working with clients who present more challenging and complex problems?

This hands-on guide by Richard Fisch and Karin Schlanger-pioneers in the field of brief therapy-offers behavioral health care professionals an important resource for applying the proven principles of brief therapy to a range of complex psychological problems that were once thought to be treatable only through long-term therapy or with the use of psychotropic medication. The practical techniques presented in this timely book are based on the authors' more than fifty years combined clinical experience in both private practice and at Palo Alto's acclaimed Mental Research Institute.

In easy-to-understand language, Fisch and Schlanger offer the information necessary to sharpen the skills needed to learn a problem-solving, short-term approach to complex therapeutic issues. By using the method of brief therapy outlined in this book, clinicians can learn how to first focus on their clients' primary complaint and understand how and in what context the undesired behavior is performed. Once clinicians learn this powerful therapeutic technique, they can help clients eliminate any problem-maintaining behavior and avoid the trap of 'routine' prescription of medication to clients who present clinically challenging problems.

Step-by-step, Brief Therapy with Intimidating Cases shows how to implement a proven model of short-term therapy for treating such difficult psychological problems as severe depression, delusions and paranoia, anorexia, alcoholism, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and borderline personality disorder. The authors also offer a wealth of illustrative examples and include actual transcripts from a wide variety of complex clinical cases that have been treated successfully using short- term therapy.

Changing the Unchangeable is a myth-shattering book that reveals how short-term therapy can be used as a powerful tool for treating clients who present a range of complex psychological disorders including severe depression, delusions and paranoia, anorexia, alcoholism, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and borderline personality disorder.

"Fisch and Schlanger have done an admirable job of addressing the difficult. They have done this with detailed description of cases and step-by-step explanations for dealing with the 'unchangeable' briefly."—Paul Watzlawick, emeritus clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

"Filled with rich examples, this is an incisive, carefully analyzed exploration of the pioneering practices created at MRI's Brief Therapy Center."—Carlos E. Sluzki, clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California Los Angeles

"No other book gives such detailed information for helping people who are caught in hopeless situations. Changing the Unchangeable shows how to succeed with the tough cases even the best therapists usually give up on."—Lucy Gill, Bramson-Gill Associates


Underlying Assumptions.

Severe Depression.

Delusions and Paranoia.



Incapacitating Problems: Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior.

Multiple Problems.

I Can't Stop Mutilating Myself.

Where Do We Go From Here.

Suggested Readings

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