THE INTEGRATIVE HELPER
Chapter one elaborates on these objectives. And at the end of this preface is a listing of some of the helper skills, reader/client activities, and clinical examples found in the text. Next, I say a little more about for whom the book is intended, and then thank people who helped in its creation.
As stated in chapter one, this book is for anyone who functions as a helper with oneself and others, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, teachers, parents, and others. The book is intended for college courses and for people in the field.
In terms of college
courses, due to its broad and exploratory approach, the book could be
a supplementary text in courses on therapy and change techniques, in psychology,
counseling, social work, and health. This is particularly true for instructors
who wish to add one or more of the following components to their courses:
powerful therapies from Asian psychologies that are coming into Western
psychology, complementary psychophysical health practices that are being
established by research and more and more supported by insurance companies
and managed health care, important and widespread biological and transpersonal
influences on psychology, and cross-cultural integrative models of psychology
and change processes.
There are also courses
where this would be a primary text, such as courses specifically geared
toward the students synthesizing their knowledge and developing their
own broad integrated perspectives. This includes senior honors courses
and other undergraduate or graduate capstone courses. This book encourages
students to integrate what they know, and provides some possible conceptualizations
for this integration. It also exposes them to many ideas and practices
they have not yet considered. This can help them reflect on some of their
assumptions and gain a more accurate understanding of their current knowledge
the most important and influential movement in clinical psychology and
counseling is the development of integrative/eclectic therapies. Every
year there are more and more courses devoted to this topic, nationally
and worldwide. This book is intended for such courses and covers many
topics not found in any other such book. This book would package very
well with Gold's (1996) summary of Western psychotherapy integration and/or
Wilber's (2000) overview of his integrative integral psychology. Other
possible readings are listed at the beginning of chapter two.
In addition to college
courses, this book is intended for helpers in the field. After a necessarily
limited formal education, such people continue to learn and grow through
means such as personal reading, workshops, and professional experiences.
This book contains many topics and change approaches that were not part
of most of these people's formal education, but which they may now be
gradually encountering, such as some of the material from Eastern psychologies,
biological psychology, and transpersonal psychology. This book provides
a practical discussion of these topics, plus key references for further
Many people contributed
to the development of this book. Jay Gould sharpened my biological discussion,
Roz Hussong expanded my knowledge of cultural variables, and John Ritchie
kept me abreast of important issues in men's psychology and the men's
movement. John, and the students in my Conjunctive Psychology courses
of Fall 1998 and Fall 2000, read through an entire earlier draft of the
book and provided many helpful suggestions. The second conjunctive course
also helped generate 49 of the 165 thought questions.
Special thanks go to my friend and production assistant Connie Works who delights in contributing to my books and papers. Because of her, I can write in longhand and later have all the advantages of the computer technology. I marvel at her ability to type very quickly while also reading content. In addition to appreciating her great help in producing publications, I greatly value the person Connie, a quality lady of quiet strength who has made many people's lives better. Connie is also the webmaster of this website.