Psychological Evaluation in Psychotherapy: Ten Case Histories

Psychological Evaluation in Psychotherapy: Ten Case Histories

by Leonard Blank

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Overview

Written by a scholar who is a therapist and a psychodiagnostician, this book documents the direct relationship between patient response patterns to a battery of psychological tests, and their subsequent behavior in psychotherapy. Unlike other books in the field, which concentrate on psychodiagnostics or psychological report writing, Blank takes the reader, session-by-session, through the therapeutic notes of ten patients who were in therapy. At each step of the way, patient behavior in therapy is shown alongside test response patterns.

This book, first published in 1965, continues to provide a major contribution, both as a practical manual and as a reference book for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, trainees and students. Anyone who is interested in using psychological evaluations to better understand the intricacies of the therapeutic process will fi nd the book an invaluable aid. So also will those who want to sharpen their diagnostic skills as part of theory construction.

The author also provides a description and rationale of commonly employed psycho-diagnostic techniques, diagnostic overviews for each of the ten patients emphasizing the dynamics of differing diagnostic patterns and their prognostic implications, complete test data and process therapy notes for each of the ten patients, and an analysis of the complex interplay of personality resources of the patient, the personality of the therapist and the fortuitous circumstances that enter into every therapeutic situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202363219
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Leonard Blank has been director of Psychology Training for the New Jersey Department of Institutions and Agencies at the Neuropsychiatric Institute. In that capacity, he was responsible for the training of psychology interns and staff psychologists in all state institutions. He has also been assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford Medical School. He is currently in private practice in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of Changing Behavior in Individuals, Couples, and Groups and The Diogenes Group, among other books.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Introduction: Procedures and Premises Chapter 1. MISS AMORALITY-CHARACTER DISORDER WITH MASOCHISTIC FEATURES 2. A CASE OF ORALITY-ANXIETY REACTION 3. POLLYANNA-SCHIZOID WITH MARKED HYPOCHONDRIACAL FEATURES 4. A CASE OF SHAKES-HYSTERICAL PERSONALITY 5. DYSPHORIA-CHARACTER DISORDER (ADOLESCENT REACTION) WITH HYSTERICAL FEATURES 6. THE RENEGADE-A CASE OF REBELLION-HYSTERICAL NEUROSIS WITH ACTING OUT FEATURES 7. SADOMASOCHISM-CHARACTER DISORDER WITH UNDERLYING PSYCHOTIC FEATURES 8. A CASE OF DENIAL-HYSTERICAL CHARACTER DISORDER WITH COMPULSIVE FEATURES 9. HYPOCHONDRIA-CHARACTER DISORDER WITH MARKED HYPOCHONDRIACAL FEATURES 10. MISS FANTASY-EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY WITH PSYCHOTIC POTENTIAL 11. CONCLUSION Appendix: Test Data and Diagnostic Interviews 1. MISS AMORALITY 2. A CASE OF ORALITY 3. POLLYANNA 4. A CASE OF SHAKES 5. DYSPHOIUA 6. THE RENEGADE 7. MISS SADOMASOCHISM 8. A CASE OF DENIAL 9. HYPOCHONDRIA 10. MISS FANTASY Bibliography

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