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Michael Barkham, William B. Stiles, Gillian E. Hardy & Susan D. Field

In: Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Practical Applications

Chapter 1: The Assimilation Model: Theory, Research and Practical Guidelines

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The Assimilation Model: Theory, Research and Practical Guidelines
The assimilation model: Theory, research and practical guidelines
MichaelBarkham, William B.Stiles, Gillian E.Hardy and Susan D.Field
Background

This chapter summarises a programme of research investigating an integrative theory of psychotherapeutic change that we call the assimilation model (Stiles et al., 1990). First, we describe the model. Then, we present research findings, largely by using clinical material. And finally, we suggest a range of practice implications for researchers, counsellors and psychotherapists. The work has been carried out mainly at two research centres: the Department of Psychology at Miami University, Ohio, USA (Stiles, Sloan, Meshot & Anderson, 1991); and the MRC/ESRC Social and Applied Psychology Unit at Sheffield University, UK (Shapiro et al., 1991). In 1995, this latter group moved to the ...

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