"I heartily recommend Dr. Michael Frisch′s book to positive psychology and clinical practitioners of all persuasions. The book presents state–of–the–art findings in positive psychology, brought to life with practical exercises that make the research findings accessible to readers. Frisch′s volume can jump–start the work of any practitioner in terms of integrating positive approaches into his or her practice. Accompanying the book is a website Toolkit which provides copies and details of all of the exercises, handouts, and worksheets needed to fully implement the material discussed in the book. This is a valuable resource on its own."
From the foreword by Ed Diener, University of Illinois′ Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Scientist, Gallup International Positive Psychology Center
"Frisch′s Quality of Life Therapy is psychology at its besttheoretical and practical. The book is fascinating and filled with insights about how to cultivate the good life. Professor Frisch has my gratitude."
Christopher Peterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"As psychotherapists, we rarely address issues of happiness, contentment, and quality of life. At last, psychologists like Ed Diener, Martin Seligman, and now Michael Frisch have begun to redress this imbalance. . . . In this book, Michael Frisch proposes an integration of the positive psychology and cognitive therapy perspectives . . . [which] has the potential to enrich both cognitive therapy and positive psychology. Treating negative mood will not automatically lead to happiness and life satisfaction in our patients. Instead the single most important message from this volume is that a new and expanded therapeutic perspective is needed that directly addresses issues of positive affect, life satisfaction, and contentment."
From the Foreword by David A. Clark, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, and Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Quality of Life Therapy (QOLT) consists of a comprehensive and science–based approach to positive psychology, clinical practice, and cognitive therapy that serves both clinical and non–clinical clients by helping them learn the theory, tenets, and skills needed to ethically identify, pursue, and fulfill their needs, goals, and wishes in valued areas of life, such as:
- Goals–and–Values and Spiritual Life
- Work and Retirement
- Money and Standard of Living
- SurroundingsHome, Neighborhood, and Community
- Relapse Prevention and Maintenance
Full of case examples and happiness prescriptions, a website containing many clinically tested QOLT skills, handouts, and homework assignments, Quality of Life Therapy gives you a complete resource for implementing this important new area of practice.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION AND THEORY.
1. Quality of Life Therapy (QOLT): An Introduction.
2. Happiness through the Ages and Sages.
3. QOL Theory.
4. How to Do QOLT.
PART TWO: CORE TECHNIQUES IN QOLT.
5. QOLT Assessment: Integrating QOL with Traditional Health Assessments.
6. Sharing Case Conceptualizations with Clients.
7. The Three Pillars of QOLT: Inner Abundance, Quality Time, and Find a Meaning.
8. Five Paths to Happiness and Other CASIO Techniques.
9. The Tenets of Contentment: A Summary of Key Concepts and Skills in QOLT.
10. Emotional Control and Life Management Skills in Goal Striving.
PART THREE: AREA–SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS.
11. Goals–and–Values and Spiritual Life.
15. Work and Retirement.
20. Money and Standard of Living.
21. Surroundings: Home, Neighborhood, and Community.
22. Relapse Prevention and Maintenance.
—Robert Furey (APA Review)
“This book defines an approach to well–being and positive psychology, that is state–of–the–art, evidence–based, empirically validated, and an outstanding guide for anyone interested in learning about the practice of positive psychology or well–being.”
— Ed Diener, the world authority on happiness from the University of Illinois and President of the International Positive Psychology Association.