According to this second edition of the renowned Heart & Soul of Change, it's time to move on from common factors vs. specific factors, and it's time that arguments over the benefits of specific therapeutic approaches be put to bed forever. Is the field ready to move on?
From the neuroscience of music and psychoneuroendocrinology to music therapy and dance therapy, this multidisciplinary volume does a great job of bringing together far-flung strands of research at the individual, group and community levels and exploring just how much we are beginning to learn about the impact of music on our lives.
I admit to becoming a little jaded by the steady supply of relatively lightweight 'professional' books in counselling and psychology. Here's a remedy. The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping is a heavyweight. This volume is exceptional in both its breadth and its depth.