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Psychotherapy as religion : the civil divine in America

Author: William M Epstein
Publisher: Reno, Nev. : University of Nevada Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Psychotherapy as Religion, William Epstein analyzes clinical studies conducted over the past two decades that purport to establish the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic treatments. He finds that each study in some way violates the standard criteria of scientific credibility and that the field has completely failed to establish objective procedures and measurements to assess clinical outcomes."
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Epstein, William M., 1944-
Psychotherapy as religion.
Reno, Nev. : University of Nevada Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607739078
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William M Epstein
ISBN: 0874176786 9780874176780
OCLC Number: 62889079
Awards: Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (Psychology) 2007
Description: xiii, 271 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Depression --
Anxiety --
The addictions --
Eating disorders, juvenile violence, group treatments, and other problems --
A cacophony of instruments by the gentlemen-in-waiting --
Magic, bias, and social role --
Psychodynamic psychotherapy --
Behavioral therapy : the owl and the mule --
Cognitive-behavioral therapy as Christian Science --
Hope without faith.
Responsibility: William M. Epstein.
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Sets out to debunk claims that psychotherapy provides successful clinical treatment for a wide range of personal and social problems. This work argues that the practice is not a science at all but  Read more...

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"This book is timely, compelling, and lucid. It will become a symbol of rationality in a field that has institutionalized an illusion." -- David Stoesz

 
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