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How to Fail as a Therapist

How to Fail as a Therapist
50+ Ways to Lose or Damage Your Patients
Second Edition




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ISBN: 9781886230989
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About the Book

From the Foreword, by Arnold Lazarus, PhD, ABPP:

“I shudder when I think... when I, as a newly minted PhD in clinical psychology, was certified as competent and qualified... it is not farfetched to say I knew next to nothing...”

“Newly minted” therapists aren't alone in making mistakes, of course; even seasoned professionals can benefit from discovering the 50+ most common errors therapists make, and how to avoid them. Newly revised and updated, this indispensable guide includes more case examples and adds seven ways “to fail” with child patients, too.

How to Fail... details how to avoid errors such as not recognizing limitations, performing incomplete assessments, ignoring science, ruining the client relationship, setting improper boundaries, terminating improperly, therapist burnout, and more.


Bernard Schwartz (Author)
Bernard Schwartz, PhD, has written a number of books, including the highly successful How to Get Your Children to Do What You Want Them to Do. He has specialized in the fields of sports psychology, and child custody evaluations, and has written... Read more

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John Flowers (Author)
John V. Flowers, Ph.D., (1936-2012) was a professor of psychology at Chapman University and a clinical psychologist in private practice. His research focused on psychotherapy process and outcome, and psychotherapy in the cinema. He authored dozens... Read more

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“...provides useful information and shares numerous lessons of relevance for all psychotherapists.”
Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsychCRITIQUES, APA Review of Books

“Practical advice on how to bypass obstacles and sidestep pitfalls that cause clients to drop out of therapy.”
Behavioral Science Book Service

“... If you treat, coach, or counsel people or engage in clinical supervision, it will make your work a lot easier and more effective.”
Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Rutgers University

“...a must read for therapists starting out in private practice and a gem for clinicians already working in the field.”
R. Chip Tafrate, PhD, Psychologist, co-author, Anger Management: The Complete guidebook for Practitioners

“...a superb and exceptionally practical book that addresses issues relevant for all psychotherapists to consider.”
John Preston, PsyD, ABPP , Professor, Alliant International University

“...a wealth of valuable information that should be readily implemented by readers... and shares numerous lessons of relevance for all psychotherapists...”
PsycCritiques, APA Review of Books

“...for both the novice therapist and the more seasoned of us who want a nice check list to make sure we stay at the top of our game.”
Richard Landis, PhD,The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter

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