Highly Effective Therapy: Effecting Deep Change in Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Trainees and practitioners need a trusted resource for mastering the essential skills and competencies necessary for effecting deep, lasting change in their clients. This second edition of Highly Effective Therapy: Effecting Deep Change in Counseling and Psychotherapy is that resource.

It updates the 20 essential skill sets and clinical competencies needed for a highly effective and successful clinical practice. It illustrates them in action with evidence-based treatment protocols and clinical simulations to foster learning and competency. Sperry emphasizes the process of easily learning these research-based clinical competencies with added case examples and session transcriptions. New to this edition is trauma assessment, protective factors, and ultra-brief cognitive behavioral interventions.

This second edition is written in an accessible format and is essential for practitioners, trainees, and instructors working in this field.


“Dr. Sperry is a master at writing very practical, insightful, and evidence-based contemporary advice for therapists who are in all stages of their career. In this revised edition of Highly Effective Therapy, he once again offers a must read, how-to book that should be embraced and followed by students and established therapists. If readers follow his approach with care both therapists and their clientele will likely benefit and even flourish.”
Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP, Santa Clara University and Stanford University School of Medicine
“Every academic program in the fields of psychotherapy has to decide whether they merely want to graduate students who meet professional accreditation standards or whether they want to train master therapists. Those students as well as all professional practitioners have to decide whether they merely want to go to work or whether they want to excel at their profession, whether they want one year of experience 20 times over or 20 years of deliberate experience and increasing competence. For the latter in all these areas, the second edition of Highly Effective Therapy is the only book that matters.”
James Robert Bitter, EdD, East Tennessee State University

“Highly Effective Therapy, second editionbuilds on the success of the popular first edition. This book is unique in the mental health literature with respect to the clarity with which it explains the evidence-based support for 20 core therapy competencies. Whether beginner or expert therapist, you will benefit from the practical advice and detailed case examples that can be easily applied irrespective of theoretical orientation.”
Brian A. Gerrard, PhD, Western Institute for Social Research and University of San Francisco

About the Author:

Len Sperry, MD, PhD is Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Florida Atlantic University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He edits two journals and among his 1100+ professional publications are 100 books.


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