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From The CriticsReviewer: Sara J. Knight, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This text is an introductory treatment manual covering the practice of cognitive therapy. It describes conceptualization and method, process and structure, adjunctive cognitive behavioral techniques, common application problems, and therapist training issues. Judith Beck, PhD, is a highly credible author. She is the daughter of Aaron T. Beck, MD, the founder of cognitive therapy, and a highly respected cognitive therapy practitioner and educator in her own right.
Purpose: Dr. Beck's purpose in this work is to inform the beginning therapist about cognitive concepts, methods and process. She also aims to strengthen the experienced therapist's ability to understand cases and treatment from a cognitive perspective. The book's emphasis on the pragmatics and application of cognitive therapy supplement existing foundation works on this therapeutic system.
Audience: Intended for graduate students in the mental health professions, this work will provide an excellent resource for teaching and supervision. The advanced therapist will find that the book provides an excellent review of problems and issues in the practice of cognitive therapy.
Features: Throughout the text, Dr. Beck uses illustrations and supplemental materials. Therapy transcripts exemplify therapist and patient interaction. Diagrams depict models of patient and treatment process. Highlighted boxes summarize key concepts. Appendixes offer sample forms and resource lists. The table of contents and index are clear and well organized. The reference list is focused toward essential work in cognitive therapy, yet includes citations representing a wide range of clinical applications.
Assessment: This is a most useful manual for beginning students and clinicians in mental health professions. Its emphasis on the pragmatics of cognitive therapy makes it a valuable tool for therapy educators and supervisors. Among the existing books on cognitive therapy that emphasize its theoretical foundations, this stands out as a concise, practical guide.