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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This book, written by Judith Beck, daughter of the creator of cognitive behavior therapy, (CBT), Aaron Beck, considers situations where the basics of CBT aren't sufficient.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist clinicians in developing behavioral methodology for formulating and breaking through therapeutic impasses. The author seeks to provide clinicians with advanced methods in CBT for complex clinical scenarios when the basic techniques are not sufficient.
Audience: The book is written for psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals interested in advancing their proficiency in the provision of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. The author is from the royal family of cognitive behavioral therapy, and having been taught by Aaron Beck himself, she is quite an authoritative voice on the subject.
Features: Overall, the book covers quite a lot of material. First, it assists the clinician in conceptualizing the problems that keep clients from progress. The therapist/client relationship is examined for reactions from both parties that might be interfering with the treatment. Difficulties in goal setting, session structure, and between session compliance are also discussed. The book is visually appealing and contains many useful diagrams and charts. The font and format used for underscoring key concepts is attractive as well.
Assessment: Dr. Beck is clearly quite expert in the methodology and provides dozens of useful, realistic clinical examples and scenarios. The book is very helpful in breaking down the focal areas where clinicians can improve their techniques in assisting clients with complex or chronic problems. This is a useful addition to the library of materials available on cognitive behavioral therapy.