Integrating 12 Steps and Psychotherapy: Helping Clients Find Sobriety and Recovery

Integrating 12 Steps and Psychotherapy: Helping Clients Find Sobriety and Recovery

By: Kevin A. Osten (author), Robert J. Switzer (author)Paperback

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This book is intended to helpastudents and clients integrate 12-step treatment with psychotherapy. The book is the first to do so in a systematic fashion. It covers issues of pre-treatment and then goes into each step and it's purpose. The book discusses obstacles to treatment and how to incorporate psychotherapy with 12-step treatment. It also covers relapse prevention, which is a big component of any treatment program. This book will help bridge the often competing views of psychotherapy and 12-step treatment. It is the first book of its kind to bring the two approaches together.

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Dr. Kevin A. Osten earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He has worked in psychiatric hospitals for most of the past 20 years, most recently as the Clinical Coordinator of Adult Outpatient Services at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, where he remains on staff today as an Allied Health Professional. His work in the past decade has been focused on providing clinical care to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community coping with severe mental illness and/or addictions. He became the Director of the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2011, where he is also core faculty in the Psy.D. program. He remains active in his private practice utilizing an integrative approach in psychotherapy. Dr. Robert Switzer earned a BA from The State University of New York at Buffalo and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Since 1990, his professional work has focused on psychotherapy and diagnostics, with a focus on substance abuse and substance dependence. He has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, primarily with adults. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology since 2000 and a core faculty member since 2008. He continues to be active in his private practice, where he provides individual psychotherapy using an eclectic approach including aspects of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, rogerian and 12-Step based techniques. His interests include substance abuse and addictive disorders, 12-Step work, depression, psychodynamic psychotherapy, severe personality disorders, diagnostics, personality assessment, and a recent interest in integrative psychotherapy. Dr. Switzer is also an avid cycler and can often be found bicycling around the Chicagoland area, even during weather when he really should be indoors.


Chapter 1: An Integrated View: How 12-Steps and Psychology Agree and Disagree on the Understanding of Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence Chapter 2: Examining the Components of a 12-Step Program; Their Benefits and Criticisms Chapter 3: A Clinical Perspective on Why 12-Steps is a Useful Tool for Reversing the Damage Wrought by Substance Dependence Chapter 4: A Primer on Therapeutic Practice with Substance Use Clients Chapter 5: Assessment Considerations and Techniques Chapter 6: Therapy Considerations and Techniques Chapter 7: Hitting Bottom Chapter 8: Substance Dependence - A Relapsing Disease Chapter 9: Step One, The Journey Begins Chapter 10: Step Two, the Journey Continues Chapter 11: Step Three, the Journey Becomes Purposeful Chapter 12: Afterword for Experienced Clinicians Beginning Work with Substance Use Clients Appendix Author Bios

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/07/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781412998987
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781412998987
  • weight: 567
  • ISBN10: 1412998980

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