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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: As the title suggests, this is a therapeutic guide for the practitioner for use in various diagnostic categories. Some of the contributors are well known experts in the cognitive-behavioral field such as Arthur Freeman, Jeffrey Young, and Philip Kendall.
Purpose: According to the editor, the purpose is to provide updated information regarding treatment in the cognitive-behavioral tradition. Cognitive-behavior therapy is widely researched so there is a need to present the latest findings. The book meets the objectives.
Audience: The book is intended for practicing clinicians, but I believe that graduate students can benefit as well, given that they have had an introductory course in cognitive-behavioral theory. The editor brings together some prominent researchers in the field. Dr. Simos studied with Aaron Beck so he appears well qualified to oversee such a project.
Features: The book presents the most current theory and therapeutic techniques for the cognitive-behavioral treatment of a variety of DSM-IV diagnostic categories. The book is good because it covers the most common disorders that a clinician will see in practice. In addition, some contributors are well-known experts in the field.
Assessment: I enjoyed this book because it is practical and easy to read. The contributors are well-known experts in the cognitive-behavioral tradition. Theory is nicely combined with clinical application and many research studies are cited.