Working with clients can be challenging, even for therapists with years of training, and working with difficult clients can be even more daunting. Understanding how the emotions of both therapist and client affect their relationship is as important as understanding theory and technique, and effective management of that relationship is crucial to successful treatment.
Understanding and Managing the Therapeutic Relationship is the first book to integrate the theoretical, practical, and emotional aspects of the clinical relationship. Through a combination of classical and contemporary theory, comprehensive practical case applications, and empirically grounded knowledge from such varied sources as attachment theory and neuroscience, McKenzie has created a text that captures the emotional aspects of the therapeutic encounter in a way that is informative and
useful to both the beginning clinician and the experienced therapist.
This book works well in both advanced and introductory courses in social work theory and practice, counseling psychology practice, clinical psychology practice, and human services practice. It also proves a useful reference for doctoral level classes.
Fred R. McKenzie (MSW, George Williams College, PhD, Loyola University) is associate professor, former director of the school of social work, and presently dean of the College of Professional Studies at Aurora University. He has been a full-time faculty member since 1991. Prior to that, Professor McKenzie served as associate director for clinical services at SPECTRUM Youth and Family Services and executive director of Barrington Youth Services. He has been in private practice in Illinois for nearly thirty years.