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Psychotherapy (Chic). 2012 Dec;49(4):480-1. doi: 10.1037/a0028026.

The renewal of humanism in psychotherapy: summary and conclusion.

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  • 1Department of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, Saybrook University, Vienna, Austria. kschneider56@gmail.com


This article summarizes and discusses the main themes to emerge from this special section on the renewal of humanism in psychotherapy. It is concluded that (1) despite some controversies, humanism is both a viable and growing influence among the leading specialty areas of psychotherapy; (2) humanism is a foundational element of effectiveness among these specialty areas; and (3) humanistic training is essential to the development of trainees in the aforementioned specialty areas. The implications of these findings for each of the specialty areas, for the profession of psychotherapy, and for the public at large are elaborated, concluding with a call for a reassessment of priorities in the research, practice, and training of standardized mental health delivery.

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