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Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory and Practice

William Borden

Publication Date - 30 June 2008

ISBN: 9780190615734

185 pages
5.9 x 8.9 inches

In Stock


Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory and Practice introduces the contributions of the key thinkers in the broader psychodynamic tradition, demonstrating the relevance of relational perspectives and recent developments for psychotherapy and psychosocial intervention. William Borden presents the developmental perspectives and clinical approaches of divergent theorists, from Freud, Jung, and Adler to Winnicott and Kohut, and shows how their views enlarge understanding of essential concerns in clinical practice.


  • Introduces comparative framework for clinical practice
  • Identifies psychoanalysis as an evolving field of understanding and practice that enlarges conceptions of self, relationship, social life, and psychosocial intervention
  • Traces historical figures through their careers and prepares practitioners, educators, and students to read original writings with greater facility and deeper appreciation
  • Bridges gap between theory and practice through case reports and clinical illustrations, connecting historical perspectives with pragmatic application in contemporary practice

About the Author(s)

William Borden (MA, PhD, University of Chicago) is senior lecturer in the School of Social Service Administration and lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, where he teaches courses on contemporary psychodynamic theory, human development, and comparative psychotherapy. He has published extensively on relational perspectives in contemporary psychoanalysis, integrative models of psychotherapy and narrative psychology, and empirical research on stress, coping, and development across the life course.

He has worked as a psychotherapist, supervisor, and consultant in mental health clinics and community agencies since 1983. Previously, he was a psychotherapist and supervisor in the University of Chicago student counseling service, where he provided advanced clinical training. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division of Psychoanalysis; the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology; the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration; and the National Association of Social Workers.

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    1 Orienting Perspectives in Contemporary Psychodynamic Thought
    2 Sigmund Freud and the Classical Psychoanalytic Tradition
    3 Alfred Adler, Individual Psychology, and the Social Surround
    4 C. G. Jung and the Psychology of the Self
    5 The Emergence of Relational Perspectives: Otto Rank, Sándor Ferenczi, and Ian Suttie
    6 Psychoanalysis in Great Britain: Melanie Klein and Beyond
    7 W. R. D. Fairbairn: Inner Experience and Outer Realities
    8 D. W. Winnicott and the Facilitating Environment
    9 John Bowlby: Self, Others, and the Relational World
    10 Harry Stack Sullivan, Karen Horney, and the Interpersonal Tradition
    11 Heinz Kohut and the Emergence of Self Psychology
    12 Emergence of the Relational Paradigm
    13 Relational Theory and Integrative Perspectives in Clinical Practice