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This short practical guide to cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) will interest a wide range of professionals and trainees across health and social care, especially those just starting to practice this therapeutic intervention. Focusing on case formulation, the authors show how to build up a ‘picture’ of each individual client and use their case history to inform interventions. Packed full of practical features designed to aid learning, including case study material and a trouble-shooting section, the book covers a wide range of topics.
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.
PART ONE: CBT: WHAT IS IT?
What Is CBT?
Who Benefits from CBT?
The CBT Model
Levels of Cognitions (Thoughts, Beliefs and Assumptions)
Structure of Therapy and Sessions
The Therapeutic Relationship
PART TWO: CBT - HOW DO YOU DO IT?
Setting Therapy Goals
Cognitive Interventions: Identifying Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs)
Cognitive Interventions: Evaluation of Negative Automatic Thoughts or 'Thought Challenging'
Cognitive Interventions: Working with Assumptions and Core Beliefs
PART THREE: - AND THE REST
Working with Emotions
Motivation for Change