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  •  Nothing wrong at all with a little talk... (1+ / 0-)
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    aitchdee

    ... but what if your friend charged you $150 for every hour of chatter? Ad infinitum?

    •  Good point, pablito. (0+ / 0-)

      While I have your ear--assuming you'll ever return to this days-old thread--I have a (quick & easy) question for you.

      I may be mistaken, but I seem to remember reading that you're a--possibly no longer practicing?--psychologist yourself. Am I right?

      I say "possibly no longer practicing" only because, if I recall correctly, you seemed to take rather a dim view of the field--which, for what it's worth, is neither here nor there to me. I'm neither a defender nor a critic: as an interested but unschooled (in psychology) autodidact, it would hardly be my place for me to pound the table authoritatively any which way, lol. All of which is to say ... I don't think your professional disenchantment (if the disenchanted one in this thread indeed was you) should prevent your fielding my question--although other things might: you might not have time, for one thing.

      If you do have time (and/or the inclination), I wonder if you might be able to point me in the direction of a book or books (or for that matter, a website) that could give me a fairly detailed overview of the history of American and European psychological clinical practice of the last 30-50 years, covering all major theories & practices, their founders, chief proponents, inner-circles, and any latter-day "developers," plus perhaps some discussion of controversies, shake-ups, and/or opposing schools of thought and what their beefs are w/ each other.

      I'd also like to know more about predominating trends in treatment today, not only in professional clinical practice but those that have trickled down into the curricula of the (so-called--don't mean to offend anybody) para-professional fields such as social work (juvenile, geriatric), addiction & recovery counseling, nursing, hospice & palliative care, and the like. In short, I'd like to get a feel for where psychology is coming from today, how it got there, what new ideas it's entertaining, and which methods or entire schools of thought of the last half century (or so) have been marginalized, found deeply problematic, or discarded altogether as ineffective.

      With a little perseverance, of course, I can probably find what I'm looking for by myself, but since you're "here," I thought I'd ask if you happen to know of anything that sounds like it might fit my bill. In any case, thank you for reading.

      P.S.

      One more brief thing. The advent of Prozac in the early 80s & the subsequent changes this drug and its kin have necessarily brought to bear upon any discussion of the efficacy or even the advisability of "talk" therapy without medication since then is another, somewhat secondary, area of interest of mine. On a lark recently (and very belatedly) I picked up Peter Kramer's 1993 best seller Talking to Prozac. The historical background was very enlightening (Kramer paints a better-than-decent portrait of clinical practice pre-Prozac), but at fifteen years old, the rest of it is no longer current. So: do you know of a reputable follow up to Kramer's theme--that is, to medicate or not to medicate, and the implications either way--nearly two decades hence? I know--I can surmise--that Prozac and all the "new generation" antidepressants that followed have had profound effects and even brought major changes to the practice of traditional talk therapy, but I guess I'd like to know the facts, the whole detailed story.

      Hey, I'm really sorry for the over-long, multi-pronged post that, at the outset, I suggested would be "quick." This may wind up being the longest comment I've posted to dkos that no one ever sees! (And in a funny way, it's such a clear imposition on you, I almost hope so).

      Take care.
      H.D.

      God bless our tinfoil hearts.

      by aitchdee on Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 03:32:45 AM PDT

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