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Current Psychotherapies, 9th Edition

  • Raymond J. Corsini
  • Danny Wedding
  • ISBN-10: 0495903361
  • ISBN-13: 9780495903369
  • 640 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2000
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Relevant and accessible, CURRENT PSYCHOTHERAPIES helps students learn, compare, and apply the major systems of psychotherapy in a way that is meaningful to both their classroom experience and to their own practices. CURRENT PSYCHOTHERAPIES is used in top counseling, psychology, and social work programs, and features an outstanding group of contributors, each of whom is either an originator or a leading proponent of one of the systems. Each contributor presents the basic principles of the system, including how it compares with other systems, in a clear and straightforward manner. Each theory chapter includes a case example that guides students through the problem, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up process. CASE STUDIES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY, which accompanies CURRENT PSYCHOTHERAPIES, offers corresponding cases that demonstrate the basic techniques and methods of the theory being illustrated. This edition includes classic case studies by Harold Mosak, Carl Rogers, Albert Ellis, Arnold Lazarus, and Peggy Papp.


  • The book is well-known for its helpful pedagogy. Each chapter follows a consistent organization that allows students to read and study the book "horizontally" (from section to section) or "vertically" (comparing all chapter overviews, for example, before moving to all history sections). A reference chart at the front of the book helps student quickly locate information.

  • Each theory chapter includes an "Applications" section that features a case example with a problem, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up.

  • An extensive, detailed, and up-to-date glossary provides students with a convenient reference guide to the topics and terminology discussed in the book.

  • The book-specific website features an interview of Dr. Raymond J. Corsini, Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides, and additional material on Psychodrama, Experiential Psychotherapy, Existentialism by May & Yalom, Asian Psychotherapies, and Reality Therapy.

  • An updated appendix consists of extensive research assistance, including information on locating and evaluating resources, the most recent 2009 MLA style guidelines, and research methodology.

About the Author

Raymond J. Corsini

Raymond Corsini received a B.A. and M.A. at the City College of New York. He did his doctoral training at Syracuse University, Cornell University, University of California and University of Wisconsin, and obtained a Ph.D. at age 41 from the University of Chicago under Carl Rogers. His main teacher was Rudolf Dreikurs, an Adlerian. He had three separate careers: as a prison psychologist, then as an industrial psychologist and finally in private practice of psychotherapy and counseling. He taught courses at over a dozen universities and full time at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley. He published over 60 books under 43 titles, including four encyclopedias and the most complete dictionary of Psychology. He wrote or edited 18 books dealing with counseling and psychotherapy.

Danny Wedding

Danny Wedding trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Hawaii and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He later worked for the U.S. Congress, first in the Senate and later in the House of Representatives. Dr. Wedding directed the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), a University of Missouri university research and policy center, for 19 years, and taught in both Thailand and South Korea as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. He served as CSPP Associate Dean for International Programs at Alliant International University in San Francisco, and was responsible for graduate Psychology programs in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mexico City. He also spent three years teaching for the American University of Antigua, a Caribbean medical school. Dr. Wedding has written or edited 13 books, including CURRENT PSYCHOTHERAPIES, CASE STUDIES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY, BEHAVIOR AND MEDICINE, THE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY HANDBOOK, SCREENING FOR BRAIN IMPAIRMENT, HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, MOVIES AND MENTAL ILLNESS and POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AT THE MOVIES. He edited PsycCRITIQUES, APA's journal of book and film reviews, for 12 years, and he is the senior editor for the Society of Clinical Psychology's book series on ADVANCES IN EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE.

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION / Frank Dumont and Raymond J. Corsini.
2. PSYCHOANALYSIS / Ellen B. Luborsky, Maureen O'Reilly-Landry, and Jacob A. Arlow.
3. ADLERIAN PSYCHOTHERAPY/ Harold H. Mosak and Michael P. Maniacci.
5. PERSON-CENTERED THERAPY/ Nathaniel J. Raskin, Carl Rogers and Marjorie Witty.
7. BEHAVIOR THERAPY/ G. Terence Wilson.
8. COGNITIVE THERAPY/Aaron T. Beck and Marjorie Weishaar.
9. EXISTENTIAL PSYCHOTHERAPY/Irvin Yalom and Ruthellen Josselson
10. GESTALT THERAPY/ Gary Yontef and Lynne Jacobs.
11. INTERPERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY/ Myrna Weissman and Helena Verdeli.
12. FAMILY THERAPY/ Irene Goldenberg and Herbert Goldenberg.
14. INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPIES/John Norcross and Larry Beutler.

New to this edition

  • John Norcross and Larry Beutler have written a new chapter on Integrative Psychotherapies, and Roger Walsh adds a new chapter on Contemplative Psychotherapies. Ed Mendelowitz and Kirk Schneider offer a new chapter on Existential Psychotherapy.
  • Chapters now appearing on the Book Companion Website include Rollo May and Irvin Yalom's chapter on Existential Psychotherapy, as well as updated chapters on Psychodrama and Experiential Psychotherapy.
  • The authors examine the evidence-based support for each theory and share their ideas about the current controversy regarding the importance and limitations of evidence based practice.
  • New authors have been added to expand the coverage on Analytical Psychotherapy and Current Challenges and Controversies: Ellen B. Luborsky, Maureen O’Reilly-Landry, Michael P. Maniacci, Marjorie Witty, Edward Mendelowitz, Kirk Schneider, Roger Walsh, John Norcross, Larry Beutler, and Ken Pope.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1423999711 | ISBN-13: 9781423999713)

Lecture slides to use in class are available to faculty who have adopted this text for their courses. Contact your local Cengage Learning Sales Representative, visit us on our website at, or call Customer Support at 1 800.354.9706 to request access.

Web Site (Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, PowerPoint®, Web Quiz)  (ISBN-10: 0538492767 | ISBN-13: 9780538492768)

When you adopt CURRENT PSYCHOTHERAPIES, you and your students will have access to a rich array of teaching and learning resources that you won’t find anywhere else. For students this outstanding site features self-scoring quizzes to help students prepare for exams and PowerPoints to help you with your lectures. The site also contains additional material on Asian Psychotherapies, Reality Therapy, Existentialism (by May & Yalom), Experiential Psychotherapy, and Psychodrama.

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0538492996 | ISBN-13: 9780538492997)

For your convenience, the comprehensive Instructor’s Manual and Text Bank are accessible online.

Case Studies in Psychotherapy  (ISBN-10: 0840032579 | ISBN-13: 9780840032577)

CASE STUDIES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY effectively combines powerful classic and contemporary cases to bring to life important concepts and practices in psychotherapy for students. Compelling new cases that illustrate Existential Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Therapy in a Multicultural context have been added to the previous edition's collection of classic case studies by Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, and Peggy Papp. The Sixth Edition of this popular casebook maintains its parallel structure with the Ninth Edition of Wedding and Corsini's CURRENT PSYCHOTHERAPIES. Cases are chosen on the basis of intrinsic interest, clarity of presentation, and the extent to which each case demonstrates the basic techniques and methods of the theory being illustrated.

Student Supplements

Case Studies in Psychotherapy  (ISBN-10: 0840032579 | ISBN-13: 9780840032577)

Using compelling contemporary and classic cases, CASE STUDIES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY brings to life essential concepts and practices in psychotherapy. The Sixth Edition of this popular casebook features intriguing new cases added to illustrate Existential Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Therapy in a Multicultural context. By maintaining a parallel structure with Wedding and Corsini's CURRENT PSYCHOTHERAPIES, the combination of these two books provides you with the most comprehensive look at psychotherapy today. All these insightful cases are chosen for intrinsic interest, clarity of presentation, and the ability to most effectively demonstrate the basic techniques and methods of the theory being illustrated.