This online resource on psychological theories and psychotherapy lays out a specific sequence for learning psychotherapy that emphasizes the fundamental importance of acquiring an appropriate foundational knowledge base in addition to learning the specific techniques of psychotherapies. It emphasizes the details of major treatment models as well as the theory and research findings that inform the field of psychotherapy in general via a specific learning sequence which helps to develop beginning competence as a psychotherapist. Psychoanalytic theory and behavior theory are each presented in historical context, with explanations and clear distinctions made among categories of each. These include classical psychoanalytic theory, ego psychology, object relations, the interpersonal school, intersubjective and relational approaches, learning theory (including classical and operant conditioning), cognitive theory, and mindfulness-based approaches.
Andrew Koffmann, author Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
M. Grace Walters, author Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
date: 12 May 2021