Compassionate Confrontation Psychotherapy: An Effective and Humanistic Alternative to Biological Psychiatry for Adolescents in Crisis

Bratter, Thomas Edward
July 2011
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;2011, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p115
Academic Journal
Compassionate confrontation psychotherapy (CCP) is effective for gifted students who act out in dangerous ways. In comparison to other group psychotherapy orientations, compassionate confrontation can initially appear radical and harsh, and needs to be used judiciously and within careful parameters. For a quarter of a century, The John Dewey Academy (JDA), a residential college preparatory therapeutic high school, has sent all (100%) of its graduates to colleges of quality. Most JDA students arrive having, at best, mediocre cumulative averages and often have several C's, D's, and F's, which is the least serious self-destructive act but one that is impossible to hide from college admissions personnel. Ironically, if one is dishonest, it is easy to conceal addiction to potent psychotropic medications, alcoholism, institutionalizations, incarcerations, and abortions. Students are admitted based on potential and attitude, rather than academic performance or standardized testing (both of which conceal innate intellectual potential).


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