Integrating 12-Steps and Psychotherapy: Helping Clients Find Sobriety and Recovery


Kevin A. Osten & Robert Switzer

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  • Dedication

    Dr. Osten's Dedication

    This book is dedicated to my husband, Dr. Grady L. Garner Jr.; my parents, Clarence and Nancy Osten; my mother-in-law, Omelia Sheppherd; my brothers, Scott and Jason Osten; and to my two dearest friends, Michael Lango and Dr. Kelly Graham-Hoffmann. My love and gratitude to each of you for all of your support.

    Dr. Switzer's Dedication

    To my husband Michael.… Thanks for riding this current E-ticket ride and looking forward to our next.


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    We would like to acknowledge our colleagues Lee Faver, Lisa Guralnick, and Molly Herron for the precious time they took from their busy lives to review and edit our chapters and give honest and direct feedback. We are eternally grateful to you.

    We wish to thank our husbands for their tireless patience and encouragement in helping to move us forward when we paused too long.

    We wish to thank Kassie Graves at Sage Publications for her faith in us, and advocacy to get the book deal signed, sealed, and delivered. Kassie, we cannot thank you enough for all that you have done for us. You truly are a gift, and a pleasure to work with—thank you.

    We wish to acknowledge and thank our professors and clinical supervisors for their part in molding us into the clinicians we are today. Thank you for inspiring us to do and be better

    … and mostly we wish to thank our patients who honor us with their bravery to face difficult change. You have helped to craft us into the clinicians we are today, by providing endless hours of education on the routes of addiction and recovery. May sobriety, serenity, hope, inspiration, and laughter be forever the guiding winds at your backs.

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    About the Authors

    Dr. Kevin A. Osten earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, and a Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He has worked in psychiatric hospitals for most of the past 20 years, most recently as the Clinical Coordinator of Adult Outpatient Services at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, where he remains on staff today as an Allied Health Professional. In the past decade, his work has focused on providing clinical care to those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community coping with severe mental illness and/or addictions. He became the Director of the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2011, where he is also a member of the core faculty in the Doctor of Psychology program. He remains active in his private practice utilizing an integrative approach in psychotherapy.

    Dr. Robert Switzer earned a BA from The State University of New York at Buffalo and a Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Since 1990, his professional work has concentrated on psychotherapy and diagnostics, with a focus on substance abuse and substance dependence. He works in inpatient and outpatient settings, primarily with adults. He has been an adjunct faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology since 2000, and a core faculty member since 2008. He continues to be active in his private practice, where he provides individual psychotherapy using an eclectic approach, including aspects of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, Rogerian, and 12-Step techniques. His interests include substance abuse and addictive disorders, 12-Step work, depression, psychodynamic psychotherapy, severe personality disorders, diagnostics, personality assessment, and a recent interest in integrative psychotherapy. Dr. Switzer is also an avid cyclist and can often be found bicycling around the Chicago area, even during weather when he really should be indoors.

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