"Mapping" Gifts from the Maps of Master Therapists A Course in the Theoretical Foundation For Being an Eclectic Practitioner.
Subject: Cartography (Usage)
Cartography (Health aspects)
Psychotherapists (Practice)
Author: Kelley, Laura W.
Pub Date: 09/22/2010
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Fall, 2010 Source Volume: 13 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics
Product: SIC Code: 7389 Business services, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 242897535
Full Text: "Mapping" Gifts from the Maps of Master Therapists

A Course in the Theoretical Foundation For Being an Eclectic Practitioner

WILTON L. HELLAMS, PhD, LPC, NBCCH, DAPA, and TOBIAS S. SCHREIBER, MA, LPC, NBCCH, CTS, NCC

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Eclectic practitioners of the world, unite: help is on the way! At last, eclecticism is presented as a unified therapeutic system which is highly understandable and applicable. Employing a philosophically deep yet entertaining writing style, Wilton Hellams and Tobias Schreiber present a flexible, agile therapeutic system that allows practitioners the ability to align with their clients' territory and "mapping" systems. Drawing upon the masters of therapy, the authors construct 17 postulates that both inform and guide the eclectic practitioner through a remarkable clinical journey. Hellams and Schreiber link the postulates to principles found in cognitive behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy, neurolinguistic programming techniques, and a host of other generally accepted therapeutic approaches. This is definitely a wow-factor read.

Mapping is a logical, sophisticated, entertaining presentation of a long-overdue unified theoretical construct of the eclectic approach. It affirms that which clinicians have always known: one size does not fit all patients. Hellams and Schreiber provide the history, theory, and practice to create a clinical model complete with guidelines and benchmarks. They employ case studies, clinical summaries, and dialogues, resulting in a hardy clinical model reinforced by extensive review and input from reading panels and practicing mental health professionals. This thorough work creates logical linkages to theory and outcomes.

The broadest spectrum of mental health practitioners will benefit from Mapping. With 60-plus years of clinical experience and an exhaustive meta-analysis of accepted approaches, the authors have teased out the critical elements of human understanding and change. American Psychotherapy Association members, because of their diverse clinical training, practice and client populations, will find Mapping a wonderful, fast-paced, intellectual journey. Mapping is the right book at the right time for eclectic practitioners.

--Reviewed by LAURA W. KELLEY, PhD, LPC, DAPA, HS-BCP
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