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.