Emerging Developments in Pre-therapy : A Pre-Therapy Reader Paperback / softback
Edited by Garry F. Prouty
Garry Prouty writes: In developing this book with my colleagues, I have come to realize that Pre-Therapy is not only a theory and technique of psychotherapy, but also a method of understanding psychological phenomena.
Western humanistic psychology has traditionally focused on higher levels of human functioning such as peak experiences or self actualization.
In contrast, Pre-Therapy focuses on lower levels of functioning - learning disability, regression, chronic schizophrenia and dementia.
Pre-Therapy is a commitment to understand and treat the regressed levels of 'Being in the World'.
It is possibly a paradigm shift within western humanistic psychology.In a different sense, Pre-Therapy is a cultural conserve.
It maintains a consistent 'non-directive' position derived from mid-20th Century Rogerian Psychology.
It also embraces a 'concrete phenomenology'. In Martin Buber's language this is described as 'pointing at the concrete'.
Pre-Therapy enables the therapist to contact the patient's regressed levels through the concreteness of the Contact Reflections.
What is important about this text, is not Pre-Therapy itself.
This can be read in other books and papers.What is important in this text is the growth resulting from Pre-Therapy. Roughly speaking Pre-Therapy has undergone three changes: 1966-1986 'birth' in the United States; 1986-2006 Expansion and growth in Europe; and, The expansion beyond itself to other distinct and separate psychological phenomena - a second generation of theorizing and applications.
For the reader not familiar with Pre-Therapy, Part I outlines a brief history of the approach and Part II is a review of the theory itself.
Part III contains independent approaches to divergent issues and problems.
They have their commonality only by being rooted in Pre-Therapy.
They are emergent developments.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 187 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: PCCS Books
- Publication Date: 15/10/2008
- Category: Counselling & advice services
- ISBN: 9781906254094