Introduction: Integrating self-help into psychotherapy


  • Forrest R. Scogin

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    1. University of Alabama
    • Department of Psychology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0348; e-mail:
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This brief article introduces the In Session issue devoted to integrating self-help into psychotherapy. The utility of self-help in psychotherapy is discussed, including the potential for enhancing the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Brief descriptions of the seven articles comprising this special issue are provided. These include articles on bibliotherapy, autobiography, films and psychotherapy, Internet self-help resources, focused expressive writing, and a review of the research on self-administered treatments. These articles give practitioners a number of ideas about how to augment their treatments with self-help approaches. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol/In Session 59: 175–176, 2003.