|aPractical management of personality disorder / |cW. John Livesley
|aNew York : |bGuilford Press, |c2003
|axii, 420 p : |bill ; |c25 cm
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 375-409) and index
|aIntroduction--A framework for understanding normal and disordered personality--The origins of personality disorder--The process of change--Assessment--Treatment planning and the treatment contract--General treatment strategies--Safety and containment: treating symptoms and crises--Regulation and control: treating affects and impulses--Regulation and control: treating trauma and dissociative behavior--Exploration and change: treating self and interpersonal problems--Exploration and change: treating maladaptive traits--Integration and synthesis: treating core pathology--Implementation and overview
This volume takes a multi-level approach to understanding and treating personality disorder, identifying core symptoms and problems that many patients share and providing a comprehensive framework for clinical intervention. Rather than presenting a particular model of therapy, W. John Livesley shows how a wide variety of empirically supported interventions can be used to manage specific components of an integrated treatment plan. Drawing on etiological knowledge as well as outcome research, the book identifies effective strategies for addressing key areas of the patient's psychosocial and biological functioning. The clinician learns how to conceptualize the phases of treatment and use the stages-of-change model as a guide for sequencing and selecting appropriate interventions. Pragmatic and flexible, the research-based strategies presented here are applicable in diverse settings, in therapies ranging from crisis intervention to long-term treatment.