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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J. Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Evidence-based practice is becoming the norm in psychology with the growing scientific knowledge and expectations from managed care organizations. This book covers the major empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and their use in a variety of disorders.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide a step-by-step guide to ESTs. This differs from other books in that it is an explicit guide, rather than just a review of the literature.
Audience: The book is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, and other therapists. Students of these disciplines will find it especially helpful as they attempt to figure out how to apply these treatments in a clinical setting. The editor is accomplished in the field and has gathered an A-list of contributors, including Tim Beck, Marsha Linehan, and Michelle Craske.
Features: What is immediately noticeable is that there is no wasted space in this book. The first chapter begins with treatments for panic disorder and the coverage of disorders and treatments never ceases through 16 chapters. These include panic disorder, social phobia, OCD, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, and couple distress. Although the structure of each chapter may differ somewhat, all generally contain an introduction to the disorder, including epidemiology, presenting features and diagnosis, initial assessment, and an overview of treatments and their efficacy. The latter part of each chapter consists of case examples that step through the treatment. Each session is discussed and sample dialogue is provided. In some chapters there are samples of assessment instruments, worksheets, and other tools used in session, and materials for the patient. For readers new to these treatments, information about the model and theoretical underpinnings is included. The chapter on PTSD has been expanded with a recent case from Iraq. Additionally, the substance abuse chapter has expanded to broadly cover multiple substances. A new chapter on behavioral activation in depression has been added, which is especially pertinent given other recent publications on behavioral treatments for depression. The numerous references provide starting points for even greater refinement of these techniques. The index is quite detailed and lengthy.
Assessment: This is an exceptional book for both the literature reviews of ESTs and the hands-on descriptions of these treatments. It will undoubtedly aid in the delivery of psychological treatment. In a body of literature replete with general comparisons, reviews, and meta-analyses, this book stands out as a truly practical step-by-step guide to the major psychological treatments currently available. Students of psychology, psychiatry, and related fields should embrace this in their training.