Coping with the Seasons: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Seasonal Affective Disorder

Overview

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects a significant number of individuals, with an even greater percentage of the population suffering from a milder version of the "winter blues." Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has long been recognized as an effective treatment for depression and now there is evidence that CBT can also benefit those with SAD. The group program outlined in this therapist guide tailors CBT for depression to the special needs of the SAD population. It can be easily adapted for use in ...
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Overview

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects a significant number of individuals, with an even greater percentage of the population suffering from a milder version of the "winter blues." Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has long been recognized as an effective treatment for depression and now there is evidence that CBT can also benefit those with SAD. The group program outlined in this therapist guide tailors CBT for depression to the special needs of the SAD population. It can be easily adapted for use in individual therapy, as well as be combined with light therapy.
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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This is the companion workbook to the therapist guide Coping with the Seasons, Rohan (Oxford University Press, 2009). While the therapist guide provides an overall structure, this workbook contains more specific activities and assignments to augment therapy sessions.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide therapists with specific tools and materials related to this CBT program for seasonal affective disorder.
Audience: The book is targeted at mental health practitioners. The author is principal investigator on an NIH study looking at a unique CBT approach to seasonal affective disorder and is well qualified to write this book.
Features: Whereas the therapist guide in this series provides general instructions for the therapist and a framework for the therapy process, this workbook delves deeper into the details of each session. As expected, there are worksheets, assignment suggestions, checklists, questionnaires, etc. Perhaps unexpected is the step-by-step instructions for the session activities, as well as psychoeducational information for patients. The topics include everything from cognitive distortions to behavioral activation to relapse prevention.
Assessment: This is a very handy accompaniment to the therapist guide and it is well worth purchasing, as it provides unique information not found in the guide. Additionally, it has educational materials for patients, more detailed information about session activities, and sample homework assignments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195341379
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Treatments That Work Series
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introductory Information for Therapists 1 Chapter 2 Group Logistics 15 Chapter 3 Session 1: Introduction to the Group 21 Chapter 4 Session 2: Symptoms, Prevalence, and Causes of SAD 29 Chapter 5 Session 3: How Activities Relate to Mood and Thoughts 39 Chapter 6 Session 4: Doing More to Feel Better 47 Chapter 7 Session 5: What You Think Influences How You Feel 57 Chapter 8 Session 6: Cognitive Distortions 67 Chapter 9 Session 7: Evaluating Your Automatic Thoughts 77 Chapter 10 Session 8: Rational Responses 83 Chapter 11 Session 9: Core Beliefs 91 Chapter 12 Session 10: Evaluating Your Core Beliefs 99 Chapter 13 Session 11: Maintaining Your Gains and Relapse Prevention 107 Chapter 14 Session 12: Review and Farewell 115 Fidelity Checklists 121 References 135 About the Author 139
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