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A Reading List of the Writings of William Borden

Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Clinical Pragmatism
London and New York: Routledge

By William Borden

This book explores the basic principles and values of clinical pragmatism, drawing on the philosophical thought of William James and John Dewey and recent developments in the science of mind, emphasizing the importance of theoretical pluralism and comparative approaches to understanding; the practical outcomes of ideas in the clinical situation; and the crucial role of subjectivity, relationship, narrative, and experiential learning over the course of help and care.


Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory and Practice: Toward a Critical Pluralism
New York: Oxford University Press.

Book CoverBy William Borden

This book explores the contributions of classical and contemporary thinkers in the psychodynamic tradition, documenting the relevance of relational perspectives and recent developments for psychotherapy and clinical social work practice.


Reshaping Theory in Contemporary Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism in Clinical Practice
New York: Columbia University Press.

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William Borden, Editor

This collection of original essays reaffirms the place of theory in social work practice, showing how different paradigms, therapeutic languages, and modes of intervention strengthen integrative approaches to help and care.


Comparative Perspectives in Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
London: Taylor Francis/Routledge.

Book CoverWilliam Borden, Editor

This collection of essays provides an introduction to contemporary models of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy and describes fundamental tasks and methods in time-limited intervention in social work practice.