101938: Brief Humanistic and Existential Therapies (TIP 34, Chapter 6)

Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse (TIP 34)

About the Course:

Brief Humanistic and Existential Therapies (TIP 34, Chapter 6): Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse (TIP 34) share the belief that people have the capacity for self-awareness and choice. However, the two schools come to this belief through different theories. The human perspective views human nature as basically good, with an inherent potential to maintain healthy, meaningful relationships and to make choices that are in the interest of oneself and others. On the other hand, the existentialist is more interested in helping the client find philosophical meaning in the face of anxiety by choosing to think and act authentically and responsibly.

Course materials are from Chapter 6. Course materials can be accessed either 1) online (if accessing online, Tables and Figures mentioned in the article can be accessed by clicking on links found in the article) or 2) by ordering the book free of charge from: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-34-Brief-Interventions-and-Brief-Therapies-for-Substance-Abuse/SMA09-3952

Journal/Publisher:

SAMHSA

Publication Date:

Revised 2011

Author

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about brief humanistic and existential therapies. It is appropriate for an intermediate to advanced level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the differences between brief humanistic and existential therapies.

  2. Identify when to use brief humanistic and existential therapies.

  3. Describe the differences between client-centered, narrative, gestalt and transpersonal therapy.

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