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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has grown exponentially in its popularity as a first-line psychological treatment. Yet, the behavioral aspect is sometimes forgotten in the cognitive fad. This book attempts to reintroduce the behavioral side of CBT.
Purpose: This is intended as a practical guide for implementing behavioral conceptualizations and strategies.
Audience: The book is targeted at students and budding therapists. It appears to be written at a beginner to intermediate level and seasoned clinicians probably will not find much novel information. The training and research interests of these authors make them good candidates to write just such a book.
Features: The first couple of chapters help to set the tone of this book as a behaviorally-oriented approach. The initial assessment is framed as a behavioral exercise without losing sight of other factors. Advice on pertinent steps is included, such as establishing rapport, eliciting a presenting problem, or evaluating coping skills and deficits. Sample questions are also provided for the behavioral interview. Later topics address how to establish a behavioral plan and prioritize goals. "Client illustrations" are quite detailed and extensive. While many traditional CBT aspects are included (homework assignments), the book also discusses basic behaviorism, such as operant conditioning. The later chapters focus more specific topics, such as depression, ERP, and mindfulness-based interventions. There are plenty of pertinent and recent references, as well as a complete author and subject index.
Assessment: It is refreshing to see a reminder of the oft-forgotten behavioral aspect of CBT in today's cognitive therapy climate. This book provides an important adjunct to traditional CBT manuals, especially for trainees in professional programs who may not have had exposure to truly behavioral interventions.