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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Sheila M. Dowd, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a guide to combining cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy in brief treatment sessions.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate the use of what the authors' identify as high-yield cognitive behavior therapy techniques in combination with pharmacotherapy. Their objectives dovetail with those in the field who continue to try to provide the most therapeutic benefit with the most efficient use of time. The authors make a reasoned and thoughtful argument based on their clinical experience, providing data from their practice. I look forward to research supporting this model. I hope that these brief treatments can be as effective as the traditional 50-minute therapy session. I still need convincing, but perhaps that is because I am a psychologist.
Audience: The book is intended for clinicians who prescribe and want to use cognitive behavioral therapy (i.e., psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, advanced practice nurses). As the authors point out, some of the techniques require a good understanding of cognitive behavior therapy in order to use them in brief sessions. So, readers will need that foundation to get the most from this book. The authors are leading clinicians and researchers in the field.
Features: The authors first present their model of combined brief treatment. They identify how this model works in a clinic by outlining the time structure, which is helpful. The remaining chapters focus on the high-yield techniques, provide interesting case examples, and suggest that readers watch the DVD sessions associated with the chapter.
Assessment: The authors present a very interesting treatment model that they argue has a lot of clinical value and is very effective in their practice. The techniques they chose are very useful, but the decision to either treat a patient in a brief format or refer to full treatment with cognitive behavior therapy is a complex decision that requires clinical experience. The field would benefit from determining the effective components of our interventions, but that can be difficult. That is why I suggest this book is most appropriate for experienced CBT clinicians who know all the uses of these techniques.