In Person-Centered Psychotherapies, David J. Cain discusses the history, theory, research and practice of this seminal approach whose basic premises have influenced the practice of most therapeutic systems.
Person-centered therapy, also called client-centered therapy, was created by Carl Rogers almost 70 years ago. In polls of psychotherapists conducted in 1982 and 2007, Carl Rogers was voted the most influential psychotherapist in history. His original approach gave rise to a number of variations on the original, all of which may be classified as person-centered psychotherapies because of their basis in Rogers' core therapeutic conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence.
This model emphasizes the client–therapist relationship, focusing on how the quality of moment-to-moment engagement between therapist and client can create optimal conditions for client growth. Person-centered therapies view clients as resourceful persons capable finding their own directions and solutions for their problems, and a fundamental value of the person-centered therapist is to honor and preserve the client's autonomy and choice.
In this book, Dr. Cain presents and explores person-centered psychotherapy, its theory, history, therapy process, primary change mechanisms, the empirical basis for its effectiveness, and contemporary developments that have refined theory and expanded how it may be practiced. In recent years dialogical, experiential, existential and expressive-creative influences have been integrated in practice.
This essential primer, amply illustrated with case examples featuring diverse clients, is perfect for graduate students studying theories of therapy and counseling as well as for seasoned practitioners interested in understanding how it has evolved in recent decades.
- The Therapy Process
- Future Developments
Glossary of Key Terms
About the Author
David J. Cain, PhD, ABPP, is the editor of Humanistic Psychotherapies: Handbook of Research and Practice (2002) and of Classics in the Person-Centered Approach (2002). He received his doctorate in clinical and community psychology from the University of Wyoming. At present, he teaches at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego, and in the psychology department at Chapman University.
A former colleague of Carl Rogers, he is the founder of the Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach and was the founder and editor of the Person-Centered Review. He is a diplomate and fellow in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a member of the National Register of Certified Group Psychotherapists.
Dr. Cain is the psychotherapy editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of The Humanistic Psychologist, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, Person-Centered Journal, and the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.
He edited a special issue of the Journal of Humanistic Psychotherapy entitled "Advancing Humanistic Psychology in the 21st Century" and edited a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy entitled "Contributions of Humanistic Psychotherapies to the Field of Psychotherapy."
Dr. Cain is a former president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association and initiated its first annual conference. His primary professional commitment is the advancement of humanistic psychology and psychotherapy. He maintains a private practice in Carlsbad and San Marcos, California.
- Person-Centered Therapy Over Time
In this DVD, David J. Cain demonstrates a contemporary version of Carl Rogers's pervasively influential approach, which focuses on how the quality of engagement and collaboration between therapist and client can create optimal conditions for growth.