Dimensions in Empathic TherapyDimensions of Empathic Therapy
Peter Breggin, MD, Ginger Ross Breggin, Fred Bemak, PhD (Editors)
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This inspiring contribution to the helping professions delves into empathy as a cornerstone of personal life as well as professional practice. Renowned contributors from various mental health disciplines psychiatry, counseling, and social work discuss such themes as the interrelationship of empathy with love, self-awareness, and self transformation. The application of specific techniques includes the use of writing to foster empathy; empathic therapy with different populations children, adolescents, the elderly, and families; and how to bridge cultural differences in empathy therapy.

Articles in Dimensions in Empathic Therapy
 Teaching and Learning Empathy: An Overview
                           Fred Bernak and Peter R. Breggin
On the Incompatibility of the Biological and Empathic-Relational Model
                             Douglas C. Smith
The Changing Face of the Ideal Therapist
                            Leslie Wolowitz,  former president of the Family Psychology Division of APA
Empathy is Not Enough
                            Jeff Rubin
Empathy in Working With Adolescents and Their Families
                            Mary Newell
The Successful Use of Empathy With a Depressed Older Man
                            Rosemarie Ratto
Empathy as the Medicine of Life
                            Richard A. Goodman
The Patient's Need To Love
                            Therese Ragen, New York University
Creating an Empathic Environment at the San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center
                            Kevin F. McCready, Clinical Director, San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center
The Role of Empathy in the Wraparound Model
                            Sharon Morrison-Velasco
Accompanied Autoanalysis: An Empathic Approach to Helping Deeply Disturbed Persons
                            Alberto Fergusson, President and Founder, Institute for
                            Accompanied Self Rehabilitation
A Model for Using Empathy in Counselor Education at George Mason University
                            Carol K. Kaffenberger, Diana S. Gibb, and C. Sally Murphy
Culture and Empathy: Case Studies in Cross-Cultural Counseling
                            Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Fred Bernak, and Afet Kilinc
Empathy in Cross-Cultural Psychotherapy
                            Clemmont E. Vontress
Recollection, Empathy, and Reverie
                            Gerald J. Gargiulo, President: The International Federation for
                            Psychoanalytic Education
A Doctor's Reflections on Empathy
                            Lawrence R. Epp
The Use of Empathy in a Woman's Writing Workshop: An Instructor's Perspective
                            Erika Duncan, Founder of Herstory
Empathic Self-Transform in Therapy
                            Peter R. Breggin



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