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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book provides a basic introduction to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It is a practical approach for new practitioners, providing information that CBT classes in school may not. It addresses all aspects of treatment, from intake to termination.
Purpose: According to the authors, "the main goal of this book is to help beginning clinicians develop a sense of greater confidence and control as they start to work with clients. Throughout, we offer four main ways in which to gain this greater sense of confidence and control: engaging in preparation, understanding the process of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), being mindful of possible difficulties, and making good use of supervision."
Audience: The authors target new practitioners. Graduate students of clinical psychology and social work would gain the most benefit from this book. The authors are credible authorities have all published many articles and book chapters in the area of CBT.
Features: This book covers the nuts and bolts of CBT. It begins with a brief review of the theory behind CBT and then discusses assessment, conceptualization, and treatment planning. The middle and concluding chapters describe what actually happens during the sessions and how to manage difficulties. The clinical case material elucidates the concepts presented and the book walks the novice therapist through all the important phases of CBT. The book is very readable.
Assessment: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It includes everything the beginning therapist needs in order to understand CBT and be successful. It is written by seasoned veterans who are able to effectively communicate the material. The greatest winners are clinical psychology extern/intern students, who will go to their training sites with much practical skill and knowledge. This book should be required reading for any beginning graduate course in CBT.