The Use of the Dictionary in Mental Health Interventions
This chapter expands on the use of the dictionary in the various mental health approaches discussed in the previous chapters. Many practice exercises in this sourcebook require the use of a dictionary. Therefore, it is important to proffer a rationale for this requirement, which is not yet based on sufficiently supported empirical evidence. Unfortunately, I have no data to support it, except for my clinical experience. Essentially, this proposal was the outcome of years of clinical work using programmed DW with individuals, couples, and families (L’Abate, 1986, 2008a, 2008b).
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A previous version of the chapter was published in L’Abate (2007a). It is reprinted here with revisions from the original article with the kind permission of Deborah Cox, editor of The Family Psychologist.