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Happiness, Healing, Enhancement: Your Casebook Collection For Applying Positive Psychology in Therapy

George W. Burns (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-29115-3
360 pages
December 2009
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Praise for Happiness, Healing, Enhancement

"Filled with good strategies based in research, compelling case material, and most importantly, practical advice, this book belongs in the library of everyone interested in what it means to live well. It provides not only ample food for thought, but for action."
—Christopher Peterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

"If you are a therapist, a coach—or if you want to help yourself and others flourish—then this book is a must-read. It is an important theoretical and practical contribution to the field of positive psychology—and, in fact, to the field of psychology as a whole."
—Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier and The Pursuit of Perfect

A practical guide to applying the principles of positive psychology in your mental health practice

Edited by internationally recognized psychologist, author, and therapist trainer George Burns, Happiness, Healing, Enhancement: Your Casebook Collection for Applying Positive Psychology in Therapy provides thought-provoking yet realistic and practical contributions from practitioners of positive psychology from around the world who share how they have translated solid, positive psychology research into sound clinical practice.

Organized to make searching for a particular diagnostic category or therapeutic outcome fast and easy, this guide features:

  • Contributions from some of the world's foremost positive psychology clinicians, researchers, and teachers, including P. Alex Linley, Betty Alice Erickson, Robert Weis, Antonella Delle Fave, Richard G. Tedeschi, Robert Biswas-Diener, Michael D. Yapko, and Bill O'Hanlon

  • Examples and strategies including a "Putting It into Practice" feature that illustrates how readers can immediately apply the therapeutic applications covered in each chapter

Building on the proven benefits of the positive psychology movement, Happiness, Healing, Enhancement will teach you new skills that will strengthen your practice of therapy and equip your clients with the pathways to overcome challenging problems and live a full, satisfying life.

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Acknowledgments.

Quick Reference Guides.

Introduction.

PART ONE: HAPPINESS.

Orienting Toward Happiness.

CHAPTER 1 Strengthspotting: Finding And Developing Client Resources In The Management Of Intense Anger (P. Alex Linley, George W Burns).

CHAPTER 2 We Will Be Laughing Again: Restoring Relationships With Positive Couples Therapy (Maria de F. Perloiro, Luis M. Neto, Helena Á. Marujo).

CHAPTER 3 What Is Right With Him? Ericksonian Positive Psychotherapy In A Case Of Sexual Abuse (Betty Alice Erickson).

CHAPTER 4 The Why, Not The What: The Positive Power Of Intrinsic Motivations In Client Goal Setting And Pursuit (Helen Street).

Instilling Hope.

CHAPTER 5 From Here To Where You Want To Be: Building the Bridges with Hope Therapy in a Case of Major Depression (Jennifer S. Cheavens, Amber M. Gum).

CHAPTER 6 You Want Me to Fix it? Using Evidence-Based Interventions To Instill Hope In Parents And Children (Robert Weis).

CHAPTER 7 Putting the Lid on the Divorce Monster: Creating Hope-Filled Narratives With Storybook Therapy (Joy Nel).

Utilizing Client Resources.

CHAPTER 8 Development Through Disability: The Unfolding And Sharing Of Psychological Resources (Antonella Delle Fave).

CHAPTER 9 From Vulnerability to Skillfulness: Leisure and Positive Intervention in Therapy With Adolescents (Teresa Freire).

CHAPTER 10 Do You See the Forest or the Tree? Utilizing Client Interests and Strengths in a Case of Asperger's Syndrome (Diane Yapko).

PART TWO: HEALING.

Moving Beyond Depression.

CHAPTER 11 Now I Can Get on with Life: Pleasure, Engagement and Meaning in a Case of Major Depression (George W. Burns).

CHAPTER 12 Empowering Lisa: The Power of Metaphor for a Depressed And Suicidal Teen (Ramona Garnier, Michael D. Yapko).

CHAPTER 13 Can Helping Others Help Oneself? Reflections on Altruism, Health and Well-being (Carolyn E. Schwartz).

Building Mindfulness and Acceptance.

CHAPTER 14 Doing Nothing, Changing Profoundly: The Paradox of Mindfulness in a Case of Anxiety (Craig Hassed).

CHAPTER 15 Laying Out in Anxiety: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Values-based Living (Robyn Walser, Maggie Chartier).

CHAPTER 16 Playing with the Moment: A Frame Theory for Positive Outcomes in Anxiety Treatment (Reid Wilson).

Transcending Trauma and Pain.

CHAPTER 17 Can You be Happy in Pain? Applying Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Hypnosis to Chronic Pain Management (George W Burns).

CHAPTER 18 Charting a Course to New Beginnings: Decoding Signals of Persistent Traumatic Stress Reactions in a Shipwreck Survivor (Roderick J. Ørner).

CHAPTER 19 A Surprise Attack, A Surprise Result: Posttraumatic Growth Through Expert Companionship (Richard G. Tedeschi, Lawrence G. Calhoun).

PART THREE: ENHANCEMENT.

Exploring New Approaches.

CHAPTER 20 Sunsets and Seashores: Nature-Guided Therapy in Positive Couple and Family Work (George W. Burns).

CHAPTER 21 A Dream of Creative Menopause: A New Neuroscience of Brief Psychotherapy for Solving Puzzles of Biology and Psychology (Kathryn Lane Rossi).

CHAPTER 22 Can We Play Again? Applying Positive Psychology Principles in Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy (Beth L. Pearson, Tori Sacha Cordiano).

Finding Tools and Techniques.

CHAPTER 23 Inspiring Change: How to Use Tools of Intention for Positive Outcomes (Stephen R. Lankton).

CHAPTER 24 A Positive Way of Addressing Negatives: Using Strengths-Based Interventions in Coaching and Therapy (Robert Biswas-Diener).

CHAPTER 25 There's a Fly in the Urinal: Developing Therapeutic Possibilities from Research Findings (Bill O'Hanlon).

Communicating Happiness, Healing, Enhancement.

CHAPTER 26 Soaring to New Heights: Outcome-Oriented Metaphor in a Case of Severe Phobia (George W. Burns).

CHAPTER 27 Are There Times Not to Use Positive Therapy? Some Concluding Thoughts (George W. Burns).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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George W. Burns is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, author, and therapist trainer. He is Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Western Australia and The Hypnotherapy Centre of Western Australia. He lectures around the world and is an adjunct senior lecturer at Edith Cowan University. He has published several books, including 101 Healing Stories, Healing with Stories, and 101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens, all published by Wiley.
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"This book represents a very well-assembled compliation of perspectives on positive psychology, effectively tapping into the combined knowledge of multiple contributors in the field. Happiness, Healing, Enhancement is appropriate for both the experienced clinician and the beginning students seeking a better understanding of positive psychology and how to apply it. The principles in this book have applications for counselors in all settings." (Counseling Today)
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