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From The CriticsReviewer: Sheila M. Dowd, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides a step-by-step cognitive behavioral intervention for the treatment of insomnia. The authors review the theoretical framework and a session-by-session outline.
Purpose: This is a treatment manual offering a thorough and detailed guide to the cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia (CBT-I). There is significant empirical evidence that CBT-I is effective especially long-term and therefore this is an important contribution to the field.
Audience: As stated by the author, the manual is intended for clinicians and students in the field of behavioral sleep medicine as well as those outside the field. The manual provides resources for certification and suggestions for advanced training. The book presents all the necessary components to use this therapeutic intervention. All of the authors are on faculty at leading universities and behavioral sleep departments.
Features: The manual begins with definitions of sleep disorders and the conceptual background for treatment. It proceeds to outline CBT-I session-by-session, providing the theoretical basis, sample dialogues, and necessary tools. The dialogue boxes throughout the book provide important examples of how to present information to patients. A section is dedicated to difficult situations and strategies to handle challenges. In addition, the book provides information for setting up a behavioral sleep medicine clinic.
Assessment: This easy-to-read, session-by-session manual clearly develops the framework for, and provides the tools to implement, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, all while guiding the clinician through the potential challenges. The authors offer useful advice and case examples. Overall, this book will be very practical for students and practitioners and is an important addition to the literature.