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Depathologizing Psychopathology

The Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Its Treatment


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Depathologizing Psychopathology by Theodore Wasserman
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This brief, accessible treatise harnesses the neurophysiological processes of learning to create an innovative and powerful approach to therapy. It sets out a non-pathologizing alternative not only to the current medicalized conception of diagnosis and treatment but also to the labeling of relatively normal reactions to stressors and upsets as illnesses. Rooted in the neurobiology of human learning, the book's approach to treatment, Neuro-Cognitive Learning Therapy, characterizes maladaptive behavior patterns as learned responses to upsetting conditions-processes which can be unlearned. In addition, the coverage includes a clinical teaching guide for bringing NCLT theory and methods into the training curriculum. This groundbreaking volume: Proposes a non-stigmatizing learning model for therapy, Neuro-Cognitive Learning Therapy. Introduces the concept of the connectome and explains its critical role in mental health and illness. Differentiates between the unconscious and automaticity in cognition and behavior. Addresses the applicability of NCLT to biologically-based mental disorders. Offers case studies illustrating NCLT in contrast with commonly-used approaches. Includes a chapter-by-chapter clinical teaching guide with therapeutic principles and discussion questions. Provides a comprehensive therapeutic framework for practitioners of all orientations. Depathologizing Psychopathology gives neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and child and school psychologists new ways of thinking about mental illness and learning about learning for a bold new step in the evolution of mind/brain knowledge.

Author Biography

Ted Wasserman is a pediatric neuropsychologist specializing in the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, currently in private practice. From 2008 through 2013 he was associate professor of psychology at the Institute for Achievement and Learning at Lynn University. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Hofstra University and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy at the Institute for Advanced Study of Rational Psychotherapy. He is a member of APA Divisions 40 and 12, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and International Neuropsychological Society. He is the founder and past president of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and is board-certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Lori Wasserman is a pediatric neuropsychologist who is currently in private practice. She received her PhD in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University and is a member of APA Division 40 and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She is board-certified in pediatric neuropsychology by the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.
Release date Australia
May 31st, 2018
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Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
2 Illustrations, color; IX, 181 p. 2 illus. in color.
Springer International Publishing AG
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