A policy-based approach to psychotherapy

Bergner, R.M. / Published 2013 / Article

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Citation: Bergner, R.M. (2013). 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.

Abstract: This paper explores the use of therapeutic policies in the conduct of psychotherapy, and in doing so introduces an alternative way to structure the entire intellectual framework of psychotherapy. Part 1 of the paper explicates the nature of therapeutic policies. Parts 2, 3, and 4 present a large number of representative policies and their rationales. Part 5 discusses the value of policies (a) as common factors in psychotherapy, (b) as embodying an integrative framework, and (c) as lending themselves to enhanced levels of creativity and flexibility in the conduct of psychotherapy.