Psychotherapy Integration Over Time
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In Psychotherapy Integration Over Time, Dr. George Stricker demonstrates one form of this commonly used type of therapy. All varieties of psychotherapy integration share one basic tenet: the necessity to be free to combine approaches and techniques so as to tailor therapy to the needs of the client. Most therapists, even those who claim strict adherence to one orientation, practice some form of psychotherapy integration in that they sometimes use techniques from other therapies. Psychotherapy integration, however, involves more than simply borrowing techniques: It requires paying close attention to the relationship between technique and theory.
In this DVD, Dr. Stricker demonstrates assimilative integration, which takes a single theoretical understanding—in this case, relational psychodynamic therapy—and incorporates techniques from other approaches.
Dr. Stricker works with a married woman in her late 40s who has an adult child and a grandchild living at home. At the beginning of therapy, the client is on the verge of ending her marriage. Dr. Stricker helps the client to work through her feelings about her husband, including her fear of separation and difficulty starting new relationships.
During the six sessions of therapy, viewers will have the chance to watch as Dr. Stricker seamlessly incorporates different techniques into the therapy according to changing client needs, with the goal of helping her become more emotionally secure.
Psychotherapy integration includes various attempts to look beyond the confines of single-school approaches in order to see what can be learned from other perspectives. It is characterized by openness to various ways of integrating diverse theories and techniques.
There are several different approaches to psychotherapy integration. The variant practiced on this DVD is called assimilative psychodynamic integration. In these sessions, Dr. Stricker tried to understand the issues presented by the client from a relational psychodynamic point of view, and generally approached her using relational psychodynamic techniques.
Some of examples of these techniques include corrective emotional experience, the observing ego, internalization, mirroring, and self-soothing. However, there were times during the treatment episode that this was not sufficient, and so Dr. Stricker integrated various techniques from other theoretical approaches. He drew upon cognitive–behavioral therapy for homework and reframing. Experiential treatments were the source of heightened experiencing through poetry. Finally, the therapist also used stress inoculation and support.
Each of these were incorporated in a seamless way, so that the client experienced the treatment as integrated and of a piece. She made good progress over the course of 6 weeks, and was prepared for transfer to another therapist so that the work could continue.
George Stricker, PhD, is professor of psychology at Argosy University, Washington, DC campus. Prior to that, he was Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology in the Derner Institute, Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He received a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, in 1960 and an honorary PsyD from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Meadows Campus, in 1997. He has been at Argosy University, Washington, DC campus since 2004, and was at Adelphi University between 1963 and 2004, where he served as dean of the Derner Institute for a decade.
Dr. Stricker is a diplomate in clinical psychology and was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology. He received the APA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Applied Psychology in 1990; the APA Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology in 1995; the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education and Professional Psychology in 1998; the Allen V. Williams, Jr. Memorial Award from the New York State Psychological Association in 1999; the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions in Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA) in 2002; the Bruno Klopfer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Personality Assessment in 2005; and the Wellner Memorial Award for Excellence as a Senior Health Services Provider in Psychology in 2005 from the National Register. He also received the Karl Heiser Award for Advocacy in 1996 from APA.
Dr. Stricker has been president of the Division of Clinical Psychology of APA, the Society for Personality Assessment, the New York State Psychological Association, and the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology. He was on the board of directors of the Council for the National Register of Health Care Providers and has served on several APA boards and committees, including the Board of Educational Affairs and the Board of Educational Affairs Advisory Council on Accreditation. He also served as chair of the APA Ethics Committee.
Dr. Stricker is the author or editor of about 20 books, about 30 book chapters, and more than 100 journal articles. His most recent books are Psychotherapy Integration, A Case Book of Psychotherapy Integration (with Jerry Gold), and The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology (with Steven Trierweiler). His principal interests are psychotherapy integration, clinical training, ethics, and research in grandparenting.
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