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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Danielle Einstein, BSc, MPsychol (University of Sydney)
Description: This book is an innovative introduction to group work for psychotherapists.
Purpose: The authors outline the essential steps in a group and individual cognitive behavioral treatment program for clients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. Each disorder is discussed separately and the format for a ten-session group program is provided.
Audience: This is a sound, practical guide for clinical psychology interns, private practitioners, and those wishing to further enhance their use of cognitive behavioral techniques. The authors rely on a substantial pool of research supporting the efficacy of cognitive behavioral treatment for individuals suffering from anxiety disorders and depression. Over the past ten years, they have published on aspects of treatment for anxiety and depression in the psychological literature.
Features: The authors emphasize and illustrate the powerful use of metaphors to convey cognitive behavioral concepts in a group setting. This manual provides a sound overall guide for these group programs which may be creatively supplemented by the individual therapist. It is presented in an easy to follow format and describes useful ideas for handling potential difficulties and integrating individual and group contact. It also outlines the "how to" for cognitive behavioral treatment, reviewing the essential areas to cover in the assessment, formulation, diagnosis, and treatment for each disorder. Appropriate assessment tools are suggested for the evaluation of outcome.
Assessment: Few books exist to instruct the new cognitive behavioral therapist on the basic elements of group work. This one contains a concise overview of treatment techniques. It will make a valuable contribution to the training and treatment literature.