Sample Topics:
Clinical and Therapy

(Including combined citations for “Pathology”, “Case Formulation” and
“Psychotherapeutic Policies and Techniques”)

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Allen, C. (2013). Gender as one’s eligibility to engage in social practices: Unpacking the relationship between masculinity and intimate partner violence. In K.E. Davis, R.M. Bergner, & F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.10, (pp. 235-259). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press

Aylesworth, L.S. (2010). Oriental Martial Arts Rehabilitation. In K. E. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.9. (pp. 113-142). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Aylesworth, L., & Ossorio, P. (1983). Refugees: Cultural displacement and its effects. In K. Davis and R. Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 3, (pp. 45-92). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Baker, E. (1982). Therapeutic social practices. In K. Davis and T. Mitchell (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 2, (pp. 209-230). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Bergner, R. (1977). The marital system of the hysterical individual. Family Process, 16, 85-95.

Bergner, R. (1979). The use of systems oriented illustrative stories in marital psychotherapy. Family Therapy, 6, 109-118.

Bergner, R. (1979). Transforming presenting problems. Rational Living, 14, 13-16.

Bergner, R. (1981). Marital conflict resolution: A conceptual framework and its empirical evaluation. In K. Davis (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 1, (pp. 305-320). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Bergner, R. (1981). Recasting victims as perpetrators. The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, 1, 1-9.

Bergner, R. (1981). The overseer regime: A descriptive and practical study of the obsessive compulsive personality style. In K. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 1, (pp. 245-271). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Bergner, R. (1982). Couple therapy for histrionic clients and their spouses. In H. Millman, J. Huber, and D. Diggins (Eds.), Therapies for adults. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bergner, R. (1982). Hysterical action, impersonation, and caretaking roles. In K. Davis and T. Mitchell (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 2, (pp, 233-247). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Bergner, R. (1983) Click here to purchase…Emotions: A conceptual formulation and its clinical implications. In K. Davis and R. Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 3, (pp. 209-227). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
Process, 16, 85-95.

Bergner, R. (1985). Click here to purchase…Paranoid style: A descriptive and pragmatic account. In K. Davis and T. Mitchell (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 4, (pp. 203-229). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Bergner, R. (1987) Undoing degradation. Psychotherapy, 24, 25-30.

Bergner, R. (1988). Money’s ‘Lovemap’ account of the paraphilias: A critique and reformulation. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 42, 254-259.

Bergner, R. (1988). Status dynamic psychotherapy with depressed individuals. Psychotherapy, 25, 266-272.

Bergner, R.M. (1990). A Father-Daughter Incest: Degradation and Recovery from Degradation. In K.E. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 5, (pp. 285-305). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R.M. (1990). Impulsive Action and Impulsive Persons: A Descriptive and Pragmatic Formulation. In K.E. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 5, (pp. 261-284). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R., & Bergner, L. (1990). Sexual misunderstanding: A descriptive and pragmatic formulation. Psychotherapy, 27, 34-38.

Bergner, R.M. (1992). A Conceptual Framework for Eclectic
Psychotherapy
. In M.K. Roberts, & R.M. Bergner, (Eds.). Clinical Topics: Contributions to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Adolescent-Family Problems, Bulimia, Chronic Mental Illness, and Mania. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6, (pp. 137-157). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R. (1993). Psychopathology and psychotherapy from a Descriptive Psychological point of view. In R. Bergner (Ed.), Studies in psychopathology: The Descriptive Psychology approach, (pp. 3-17). Ann Arbor: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R. (1993). Victims into perpetrators. Psychotherapy, 30, 452-462.

Bergner, R. (1995). Pathological Self-Criticism: Assessment and Treatment (The Springer Series in Social/Clinical Psychology). New York, NY: Plenum Press.

Bergner, R. (1997). What is psychopathology? And so what? Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 4, 235-248.

Bergner, R. (1997). The use of a recent formulation of bulimia nervosa in the successful treatment of a bulimic woman. Family Therapy, 24, 71-79.

Bergner, R. (1997). What is psychopathology? And so what? Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 4, 235-248.

Bergner, R. (1998). Self-criticism. In J. Jeffrey & R. Bergner, (Eds.). Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 7, (pp. 249-276). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R.M. (1998). A therapeutic approach to destructive self-criticism. In H.J. Jeffrey and R.M. Bergner, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 7, (pp. 249-273). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R. (1998). Characteristics of an optimal clinical case formulation. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 52, 287-300.

Bergner, R. (1998). Therapeutic approaches to problems of meaninglessness. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 52, pp. 1-16.

Bergner, R. (1999). Status enhancement: A further path to therapeutic change. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 53, 201-214.

Bergner, R. (2000). Love and barriers to love: An analysis for psychotherapists and other. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 54, 1-17.

Bergner, R. (2002). Sexual compulsion as attempted recovery from degradation. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 28, 373-387.

Bergner, R. (2004). An integrative framework for psychopathology and psychotherapy. New Ideas in Psychology, 22, 127-141.

Bergner, R. (2005). Status dynamic treatment of a case of bulimia. Clinical Case Studies, 4, 295-303.

Bergner, R. (2006). The many secure knowledge bases of psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 69, 215-232.

Bergner, R.M. (2006). Beyond Empirical Validation: Justifying Therapeutic Judgment and Action. In K. E. Davis, & R. M Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 8 (pp. 145-173). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R.M. (2007). Status dynamics: Creating new paths to therapeutic change. Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R. (2007). Therapeutic storytelling revisited. American Journal of
Psychotherapy
, 61, 149-162.

Bergner, R. (2007). On promoting adaptive self-criticism in psychotherapy. In E. Chang (Ed.), Self-criticism and self-enhancement. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Bergner, R. (2009). Trauma, exposure, and world reconstruction. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 63, 267-282.

Bergner, R.M. (2010). The Tolstoy dilemma: A paradigm case formulation and some therapeutic interventions. In K. E. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.9. (pp. 143-160). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R.M. (2013). Therapeutic policies: A policy-based approach to psychotherapy. In K.E. Davis, R.M. Bergner, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.10 (pp. 175-196). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R. (2015). Status dynamic psychotherapy. In E. Neukrig (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of counseling and psychotherapy. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Bergner, R., & Bridges A. (2002). The significance of heavy pornography involvement for romantic partners: Research and clinical implications. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 28, 198-206.

Bergner, R.M., & Bunford, N. (2013). Suicide and impossible worlds. In K.E. Davis, R.M. Bergner, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.10, (pp. 55-74). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bergner, R., & Bunford, N. (2017). Mental disorder is a disability concept, not a behavioral one. An empirical investigation. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 24, 25-40.

Bergner, R., & Bunford, N. (2017). Mental disorder disability: In support of our design. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 24, 49-52.

Bergner, R., & Holmes, J. (2000). Self-concepts and self-concept change: A status dynamic formulation. Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 37, 36-44.

Bergner, R.M., & Staggs, J. (1992). The Positive Therapeutic Relationship: An Accreditation Perspective. In M.K. Roberts, & R.M. Bergner, (Eds.). Clinical
Topics: Contributions to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Adolescent-Family Problems, Bulimia, Chronic Mental Illness, and Mania. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6
(pp. 185-201). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Bridges, A., & Bergner, R. (2009). Pornography, effects on relationships. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Bridges, A., Bergner, R., & McInnis, M. (2003). Romantic partner’s use of pornography: Its significance for women. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. 29, 1-14.

Bunford, N., & Bergner, R. (2012). Suicide and impossible worlds: An empirical investigation. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 33, 335-343.

Davis, K.E. (2006). Stalkers and their Worlds. In K. E. Davis, & R. M Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 8, (pp. 325-348). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Driscoll, R. (1981). Policies for pragmatic psychotherapy. In K. Davis (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 1 (pp. 273-277). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Driscoll, R. (1981). Self-criticism: Analysis and treatment. In K. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 1 (pp. 321-356). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Farber, A. (1981). Castaneda’s Don Juan as psychotherapist. In K. Davis (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 1 (pp. 279-304). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Felknor, C.M. (1998). Kid’s interest discovery kits. In H.J. Jeffrey and R.M. Bergner, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 7 (pp. 235-247). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Holmes, J.R. (2013). Depression doesn’t always have to be depressing. Pensacola, FL.: Pensacola Pelican Press, Inc.

Kantor, C. (2010). Children’s Imaginative Play: A Descriptive Psychology Approach. In K. E. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.9. (pp. 257-285). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Kirsch, N. (1982). Attempted suicide and restrictions in the eligibility to negotiate personal characteristics. In K. Davis and T. Mitchell (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 2, (pp. 249-273). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Lasater, L. (1983). Stress and health in a Colorado coal mining community. In K. Davis and R. Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 3 (pp.95-117). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Lasater, L. (1988). Recovery from compulsive behavior: How to transcend your troubled family. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

Latham, C.A. (1990). A High Power – Low Power Account of Gender Differences in Self-Criticism. In K.E. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 5 (pp. 237-259). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Lubuguin, F.S.A. (1998). The acculturation of culturally displaced persons. In H.J. Jeffrey and R.M. Bergner, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 7, (pp. 1627-233). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Lugbuguin, F. (2010). Teaching culturally competent psychotherapy: A Descriptive Psychology approach. In K. E. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.9, (pp. 41-85). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Marshall, K. (1985). Scenarios of “alcoholic” relationships. In K. Davis and T. Mitchell (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 4, (pp. 259-278). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Marshall, K.M. (1992). A bulimic life pattern. In M.K. Roberts, & R.M. Bergner, (Eds.). Clinical Topics: Contributions to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Adolescent-Family Problems, Bulimia, Chronic Mental Illness, and Mania. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6, (pp. 257-269). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Orvik, J.M. (1992). The dropped out: Redescribing chronic mental illness as a question about communities. In M.K. Roberts, & R.M. Bergner, (Eds.). Clinical Topics: Contributions to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Adolescent-Family Problems, Bulimia, Chronic Mental Illness, and Mania. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6, (pp. 271-297). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Ossorio, P. G. (1987). Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia (full citation and link TBA)

Ossorio, P. G. (1987). Projective Techniques (full citation and link TBA)

Ossorio, P.G. (2013). Seminar on Clinical Topics. Collected Works of Peter G. Ossorio (Vol. VII). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Ossorio, P. (1985/1997). Pathology. In P. Ossorio (Ed.), The collected works of Peter G. Ossorio, Vol. 2. Essays on clinical topics, (pp. 1-70). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press. [Originally published in K. Davis and T. Mitchell (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology (Volume 4, pp. 151-200). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Ossorio, P. (1985/1997). The collected works of Peter G. Ossorio, Vol. 2. Essays on clinical topics, (pp. 1-70). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press. [Originally published in K. Davis and T. Mitchell (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology (Volume 4, pp. 151-200). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Ossorio, P. G., Aylesworth, L., & Lasater, L. (1977). A Comprehensive Plan for the
Provision of Mental Health Services to the Vietnamese Refugees in Denver

Ossorio, P.G. (1977, 2014). Seminar on Positive Health and Transcendental Theories. The Collected Works of Peter G. Ossorio (Vol. VIII). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Roberts, M.K. (1992). On the Outside Looking In: A Conceptualization of Adolescence. In M.K. Roberts, & R.M. Bergner, (Eds.). Clinical Topics: Contributions to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Adolescent-Family Problems, Bulimia, Chronic Mental Illness, and Mania. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6, (pp. 79-105). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Roberts, M.K. (1992). Companions of Uncertain Status. In M.K. Roberts, & R.M. Bergner, (Eds.). Clinical Topics: Contributions to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Adolescent-Family Problems, Bulimia, Chronic Mental Illness, and Mania. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6, (pp. 33-77). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Roberts, M.K. (1992). Psychotherapy with adolescents and their families: A status dynamic approach. In M.K. Roberts, & R.M. Bergner, (Eds.). Clinical Topics: Contributions to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Adolescent-Family Problems, Bulimia, Chronic Mental Illness, and Mania. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6, (pp. 235-256). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Roberts, M.K. (2010). An accomplice’s tale. In K. E. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.9, (pp. 161-190). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Sapin, C.R. & Forward, J.R. (1990). A status dynamic formulation of sex roles: Putting sex roles in their place. In K.E. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 5, (pp. 215-236). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Schwartz, W. (1979). Degradation, Accreditation, and Rites of Passage. Psychiatry, 42(2), 138-146.

Schwartz, W. (1988). What makes something psychoanalytic? Psychiatry, 51, 417-426.

Schwartz, W. (2008). Presentations of self and the status dynamics of psychotherapy and supervision. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 62, 51-65.

Torres, W.J. & Bergner, R.M. (2010). Humiliation: Its nature and consequences. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law, 38, 195–204

Torres, W.J., & Bergner, R.M. (2012). Severe public humiliation: Its nature, consequences, and clinical treatment. Psychotherapy Theory Research Practice Training, 49, 492-501

Wechsler, R. (1992). Personality and Manic States: A Status Dynamic Formulation of Bipolar Disorder. In M.K. Roberts, & R.M. Bergner, (Eds.). Clinical Topics: Contributions to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Adolescent-Family Problems, Bulimia, Chronic Mental Illness, and Mania. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6, (pp. 203-233). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Wechsler, R.C. (2013). Trauma concepts: A descriptive psychological formulation of the nature of trauma and its consequences. In K.E. Davis, R.M. Bergner, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.10, (pp. 149-174). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Vanderburgh, J. (1985). The positive-health developmental model of treatment and psychopathology. In K. Davis and T. Mitchell (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 4, (pp. 281-302). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Zeiger, C.A. (1992). The Miss Marple model of psychological assessment. In M. Roberts and R. Bergner, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 6. Clinical topics: Adolescent-family problems, bulimia, chronic mental illness, and mania (pp. 159-183). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.