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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Christopher J. Graver, PhD (Madigan Army Medical Center)
Description: Originally published in 1988 when there was an identified gap in the book literature about cognitive-behavioral therapies, this book continues to evolve in its third edition.
Purpose: This edition is aimed at updating the literature, adding new topics, and providing an overview of this important topic.
Audience: This book will be of interest to psychologists, psychiatrists, and other allied behavioral health providers, as well as students of these disciplines. The editor and contributing authors are well published and clinically known in the field.
Features: There are a few notable updates to the third edition. It now includes discussion of acceptance-based and schema-focused therapies, given their growing popularity and interest in the literature. A chapter on the use of CBT techniques in diverse populations has been added, but this is a short chapter that merely presents the issues rather that delving deeply into them and providing specific suggestions for providers. The final major update is a review of the scientific literature on the efficacy of CBT. This covers a wide variety of disorders from the typical mood disorders to schizophrenia and personality disorders. A succinct table at the end of the chapter provides a summary of the findings. The book continues to provide useful information on CBT approaches in the form of treatment overviews and case examples. It does not, however, provide step-by-step instructions for conducting CBT. The references have clearly been updated since the previous edition, even in chapters that have been maintained since the beginning, making this a useful new edition.
Assessment: This book continues the tradition of providing a concise overview of various aspects of CBT, a review of the literature, and important points to consider in therapy delivery. The third edition is updated and adds some welcome chapters to round out its robust coverage.