Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy

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June 12, 2015 -- From the Editor 


NOTE: Articles both in English and Japanese (see Table of Contents, with English translations presented first) 


*** Introduction: Case Studies in Japan: Two Methods, Two Worldviews

Shigeru Iwakabe, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan

*** The Art of Communication Through Drawing: The Case of "Mr. R," a Young Man Professing Misanthropy While Longing for Connection With Others  



Kayoko Murase, Taishō University, Tokyo, Japan

*** Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for "Taro," a Japanese Client with Chronic Depression: A Replicated Treatment Evaluation 



Takashi Muto, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, &
Takashi Mitamura, Kansai University of Welfare Sciences, Osaka, Japan

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Japan is one of the main centers today in the use of case studies for the practice, research, and training of psychotherapy. To place this work in rich historical, social, cultural, epistemological, and clinical context, this issue of PCSP begins with a wide-ranging introduction by the accomplished Japanese psychologist, Shigeru Iwakabe, who is also the Action Editor of this issue.   

To capture some of the depth and span of Japanese case studies, Iwakabe's introduction is followed by two notable examples. Together these case studies illustrate the ends of a methodological continuum, with a case by Kayoko Murase representing the traditional, subjectively and narratively focused case study; and a case by Takashi Muto and Takashi Mitamura representing a scientifically precise single case design to objectively track in quantitative detail the change in targeted symptoms.

One area in which Japanese case studies have generally not focused is on the creation of standards to ensure an approach that is both systematic and of high methodological quality. The two case studies presented have been developed to encourage such standards by embodying them and by acting as models of how case studies can be presented.  Also, in line with PCSP's usual approach and towards the goal of creating standards, together with a broader discussion of the nature and role of psychotherapy case studies in Japan, a future issue of PCSP will present commentaries on each case by prominent clinical psychologists, both non-Japanese and Japanese. Responses to these respective commentaries by each of the two original authors will follow. 

In order to reach both Japanese-speaking and English-speaking readers, this issue of PCSP presents both English and Japanese versions of the articles.  

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** Manuscripts. Two types of manuscripts are desired: those consisting of one or more case studies, and those consisting of case method articles.

** Suggested Author Guidelines. These can be found by clicking on the link Instructions for Authors, as described above. Note that we suggest 11 common headings for case study manuscripts:
1. Case Context and Method
2. The Client
3. Guiding Conception with Research and Clinical Experience Support
4. Assessment of the Client's Problems, Goals, Strengths, and History.
5. Formulation and Treatment Plan
6. Course of Therapy
7. Therapy Monitoring and Use of Feedback Information
8. Concluding Evaluation of the Therapy's Process and Outcome
9. References
10. Tables (optional)
11. Figures (optional)
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Vol 11, No 2 (2015)

Table of Contents

Articles in English

Introduction to Case Study Special Issue-- Case Studies in Japan: Two Methods, Two Worldviews Abstract PDF
Shigeru Iwakabe 65-80
The Art of Communication Through Drawing: The Case of "Mr. R," a Young Man Professing Misanthropy While Longing for Connection With Others Abstract PDF
Kayoko Murase 81-116
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for "Taro," a Japanese Client with Chronic Depression: A Replicated Treatment-Evaluation Abstract PDF
Takashi Muto, Takashi Mitamura 117-153

Articles in Japanese

事例研究特集号¯はじめに 日本における事例研究:2つの方法,2つの世界観 Abstract PDF
Iwakabe 岩壁 茂 J-1 - J-18
描画を通したコミュニケーション: 人間不信を標榜しながらも, 他者とのつながりを希求する青年R氏の事例 Abstract PDF
Murase 村瀬 嘉代子 J-19 - J-54
慢性化したうつを抱えた日本人クライエント「太郎」に対する アクセプタンス&コミットメント・セラピー: トリートメント評価による再現可能性検証 Abstract PDF
Muto 武藤 崇, Mitamura 三田村 仰 J-55 - J-95

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