Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy


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April 19, 2021 -- From the Editor 

ANNOUNCING THE PUBLICATION OF OUR 60th ISSUE (Vol. 17, Module 1)

The Case of "Sharon"  

*** Michael Westerman, New York University, and Kenneth Critchfield, James Madison University  

Contrasting Theoretical Analyses of the Case of “Sharon”  

*** Michael Westerman, New York University

*** Kenneth Critchfield, Julia Dobner-Pereira, & Eliza Stucker, James Madison University

Comparisons of the Two Theoretical Analyses from Each Perspective

*** Michael Westerman, New York University 

*** Kenneth Critchfield, Julia Dobner-Pereira, & Eliza Stucker, James Madison University 

Commentary and Response 

*** Stanley Messer, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

*** Michael Westerman, New York University, and Kenneth Critchfield, James Madison University    

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FROM THE EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION TO THE ISSUE

        The current series of articles presents and compares two contrasting, interpersonal theories—Interpersonal Defense Theory and Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy—for developing a case formulation and treatment plan for the case of "Sharon," a 28-year, unmarried social worker with no children. 

        At the beginning of Sharon’s therapy, which was part of a randomized clinical trial (RCT), Sharon presented with comorbid anxiety and personality disorders. A major focus of her problems was being stuck between being simultaneously drawn to and repelled by "Jeff," her former finance. 

        In reading this article series, a number of important themes to keep in mind are mentioned, including (a) comparing theoretical similarities and differences between the two theories; (b) the differences in the information selected by each theory from the large database of quantitative and qualitative clinical information in the database generated by the RCT; and (c) the enrichment of theory that occurs when it is applied to an individual case. 

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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 17, No 1 (2021)

Table of Contents

Introduction and Background

Daniel B Fishman
1-4
Michael A. Westerman, Kenneth L. Critchfield
5-18

Contrasting Theoretical Analyses of the Case of “Sharon”

Michael A. Westerman
19-41
Kenneth L. Critchfield, Julia Dobner-Pereira, Eliza Stucker
42-62

Comparisons of the Two Theoretical Analyses from Each Perspective

Michael A. Westerman
63-84
Kenneth L. Critchfield, Julia Dobner-Pereira, Eliza Stucker
85-103

Commentary and Response

Stanley B. Messer
104-108
Michael A. Westerman, Kenneth L. Critchfield
109-122