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This practical guide to cognitive behaviour therapy will interest a wide range of professionals and trainees across health and social care. Focusing on case formulation, the authors show how to build a 'picture' of each individual client, using their case history to inform interventions. The book covers the fundamentals of practising CBT, such as:
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Editorial Reviews

Dr Vivienne Lewis
I use this book in my teaching of Masters of Clinical Psychology students and they love it. It’s easy to read and follow, providing a great starting point for trainee psychologists to learn the basics of CBT. Students really grasp the concepts well and it increases their confidence in delivering therapy.
Tracie Trimmer-Platman
CBT for beginners initially appears to be a rather daunting concept when the text is rather large. However, the format of this text book provides a no nonsense and completely user-friendly directory for both student, academic and practitioner use.

I enjoyed the way in which each chapter is broken down, each section, concept and idea separated and highlighted and how each one has some key points at the end by way of an aid memoir. I will certainly be using this with counselling and communication students as it presents a series of case studies and scenarios which are relevant and accessible.

CBT for beginners is written in a way which does not compromise on academic and theoretical content but that breaks down important issues, challenges and practices so that the reader not only has an opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt but also ways in which practical skills might be applied.

Dr Ann Hackmann
A succinct, clear guide to the basics of CBT.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412948135
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Simmons works as a Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health services in South Wales. She has previously worked as a project manager setting up an IAPT service in England. She has worked in the NHS since gaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2000 from the Oxford doctoral course of Clinical Psychology and also works in Independent Practice in Bristol.

Rachel Griffiths is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in South Wales. She has worked in the NHS since gaining her doctorate in clinical Psychology in 2003 . Rachel has worked with adults with mental health problems in inpatient and community settings and currently works in a service for people with chronic pain.

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Table of Contents

List of figures vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 CBT - What is it? 3

1 What is CBT? 5

2 Who Benefits from CBT? 10

3 The CBT Model 20

4 Levels of Cognitions (Thoughts, Beliefs and Assumptions) 26

5 Structure of Therapy and Sessions 30

6 The Therapeutic Relationship 42

Part 2 CBT - How Do You Do It? 45

7 CBT Assessment 47

8 CBT Formulation 64

9 Setting Therapy Goals 85

10 Coping Strategies 93

11 Behavioural Interventions 101

12 Cognitive Interventions: Psycho-education about Thoughts and Beliefs 116

13 Cognitive Interventions: Identifying Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs) 122

14 Cognitive Interventions: Evaluation of Negative Automatic Thoughts or 'Thought Challenging' 132

15 Cognitive Interventions: Working with Assumptions and Core Beliefs 149

Part 3 And the Rest 157

16 Problem Solving 159

17 Working with Emotions 166

18 Motivation for Change 172

19 Therapeutic Endings 181

20 Supervision 186

Conclusion 190

Appendices 191

I Referral Criteria Handout 191

II Chapter 3 Exercise 194

III Formulation Sheet and Maintenance Cycle 196

IV Graded Practice Diary 198

V Detailed Activity Record Sheet 199

VI Basic Activity Schedule 200

VII Thought Record Sheets (Basic Thought Record Sheet, Detailed Thought Record Sheet, OCD Thought Record Sheet) 201

VIII Questions to Help Identify Negative Automatic Thoughts 204

IX Thinking Biases 205

X Thinking Biases Exercise 206

XI Thought Evaluation Sheets (Alternative Thoughts, Evidence For and Against, OCD, Thinking Biases) 208

XII Questions to Ask When Evaluating NATs 212

XIII Responsibility Chart 213

XIV Decisional Bias Sheet 214

XV Handout: Dealing with Setbacksduring the Recovery Process 215

XVI Relapse Prevention Sheet 218

XVII Ending Letters 219

References 224

Index 227

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