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Master Therapists: Exploring Expertise in Therapy and Counseling (10th Anniversary edition)

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Thomas Skovholt; Len Jennings
Pub date
Oct 2016
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In this 10th Anniversary text, Thomas M. Skovholt and Len Jennings paint an elaborate portrait of expert or "master" therapists. The book contains extensive qualitative research from three doctoral dissertations and an additional research study conducted over a seven-year period on the same ten master therapists. This intensive research project on master therapists, those considered the "best of the best" by their colleagues, is the most extensive research on high-level functioning of mental health professionals ever done. Therapists and counselors can use the insights gained from this book as potential guidelines for use in their own professional development. Furthermore, training programs may adopt it in an effort to develop desirable characteristics in their trainees. Featuring a brand new Preface and Epilogue, this 10th Anniversary Edition of Master Therapists revisits a landmark text in the field of counseling and therapy.

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Foreword
Preface: Searching for Mastery
Acknowledgments
1. A Brief History of Expertise
Thomas M. Skovholt, Matthew Hanson, Len Jennings, and Tabitha Grier
2. Expertise in Therapy and Counseling
Thomas M. Skovholt, Matthew Hanson, Len Jennings, and Tabitha Grier
3. The Cognitive Emotional, and Relational Characteristics of Master Therapists
Len Jennings and Thomas M. Skovholt
4. Master Therapists' Construction of the Therapy Relationship
Michael Sullivan, Thomas M. Skovholt, and Len Jennings
5. Emotional Wellness and Professional Resiliency of Master Therapists
Mary A. Mullenbach and Thomas M. Skovholt
6. Ethical Values of Master Therapists
Len Jennings, Ashley Sovereign, Nancy Bottorff, and Melissa Mussell
7. Portrait of the Master Therapist: Developmental Model of the Highly Functioning Self
Thomas M. Skovholt, Len Jennings, and Mary Mullenbach
Epilogue
Appendix A: Methodology
Appendix B: Interviews with Master Therapists
Author Index
Subject Index

About the author: 

Len Jennings, PhD, LP, is Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a psychologist in private practice. He has practiced, researched, and taught psychotherapy for more than 25 years. His research has focused on expertise in psychotherapy and counseling. He has collaborated with Thomas Skovholt on several articles, book chapters, and the award-winning book, Master Therapists: Exploring Expertise in Therapy and Counseling. He has international counseling psychology work experience in the Czech Republic, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, and Thailand.; Thomas M. Skovholt, PhD, LP, is Professor of Counseling at the University of Minnesota and a psychologist in private practice. He has worked with Len Jennings over many years in many enjoyable writing projects including the award-winning book, Master Therapists: Exploring Expertise in Therapy and Counseling. Other books include the co-authored The Resilient Practitioner and The Developing Practitioner. He has worked internationally as a counseling professor in Turkey, Norway, Korea, Singapore and Kuwait.

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