Tough love and astute suggestions for a profession in need of reform.



An impassioned critique of psychotherapy with salient suggestions for improvement.

Family therapist and associate professor Caldwell (Couples and Family Therapy/Alliant International Univ.; Preparing for the California MFT Law and Ethics Exam, 2015, etc.) minces no words in his critical assessment of his profession, claiming, “We don’t know who or what it is that therapists are fighting for.” His main point is that, despite therapy’s proven effectiveness, “fewer people are going,” and he believes it’s up to the individual psychotherapist to take specific actions to repair the field’s reputation. The book begins with an overview of psychotherapy, citing studies and statistics that show therapy yields positive results, but those seeking help often choose prescription medication instead. Included is an excellent, insightful discussion of broad issues surrounding psychotherapy, like the perceived social stigma of counseling and the negative portrayal of the profession in movies and TV. Early on, Caldwell introduces the “five tasks” therapists can employ to “save psychotherapy,” which include “embrace science” and “accept accountability,” and, in subsequent chapters, describes them clearly and in considerable detail. Caldwell tackles knotty issues head-on, including the incompetence of some therapists: “When a profession itself is relatively undefined in the mind of the professional…a natural consequence is that it can be hard for that professional to know what it means to be good at their job.” Regarding training and licensure, the author is even more blunt: “Increasing evidence suggests that many of the requirements to become a therapist don’t serve their intended purposes.” Still, the intent here isn’t to lambaste psychotherapy; Caldwell offers rational, pragmatic ideas to improve the profession. In terms of individual accountability, for example, Caldwell urges therapists to gather data on their practices and make it public as well as “Hold your peers to a higher standard.”

Tough love and astute suggestions for a profession in need of reform.

Pub Date: Sept. 22, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9888759-6-8

Page Count: 216

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: May 16, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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