Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy / Edition 1

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Behavioural experiments are one of the central and most powerful methods of intervention in cognitive therapy. To be successful, they require creativity and sophisticated understanding on the part of the therapist. Yet until now, there has been no comprehensive text to guide clinicians wishing to design behavioural experiments across a wide range of clinical problems. The Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy has been written by clinicians for clinicians to fill this gap. It is designed as a practical, easy-to-read handbook, which can be studied in detail or dipped into in the few minutes prior to seeing a patient. Its 21 chapters cover problem areas, ranging from those which have traditionally been the focus of cognitive therapy (e.g. depression, anxiety disorders) through to areas in their relative infancy (e.g. psychosis, physical health problems, low self-esteem). Containing examples of over 200 behavioural experiments, The Oxford Guide is a book that cognitive therapists at all levels of experience will want on their bookshelves to provide inspiration, ideas, and guidance.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Broken down into chapters with a focus limited to the topic at hand, this book offers clinicians an outline of various behavioral experiments that can be utilized in a cognitive structure to improve patient outcomes for various psychiatric symptoms.
Purpose: Written "by clinicians for clinicians," it provides a "source of ideas which will stimulate the creativity of clinicians" attempting to design experiments for cognitive therapy patients.
Audience: Meant for "practicing clinicians at every level from trainee to cognitive therapy supervisor," this book will benefit those with an understanding of this therapy type, as the editors assume readers have a working knowledge of the concepts of cognitive therapy.
Features: Divided into chapters addressing particular psychiatric difficulties, the authors highlight types of cognitive distortions most common to certain illnesses and provide case-based examples of experimental techniques used to assist patients in confronting these patterns. The chapters discussing an approach to symptoms such as insomnia, self-injurious behavior, and low self-esteem are particularly useful, as these concepts are often minimized when addressed as a part of larger problem.
Assessment: Often clinicians have an appreciation for the concepts of a given therapy, especially when it relates to a type of illness they are more comfortable treating, but struggle when issues arise that separate them from their familiarity. This book provides an excellent resource for keeping clinicians "on their toes" regarding cognitive techniques. Many books about cognitive therapy spend more effort explaining the reasoning behind its use, or identifying the specific thought patterns involved in certain types of illnesses. Yet they are less forthcoming with practical applications to "real world" problems faced by therapists on a daily basis. This book bridges the gap nicely, offering clinicians ideas for a starting point that will, ideally, serve as a springboard to new and inventive approaches to treatment.
From the Publisher
"The authors of this handbook provide excellent models for how to design behavioural experiments to test pivotal beliefs, rather than tangential beliefs. Each chapter offers meaningful help to therapists by identifying common cognitive themes and beliefs that are central to the problem discussed. The vivid samples offered should encourage therapists to use behavioural experiments more often, with greater precision, and with more thorough examination of client observations and learning."-Christine Padesky, author of Mind Over Mood

"There is currently no text that specifically focuses on behavioural experiments. This volume admirably fills the gap."-David Clark, Institute of Psychiatry

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

1 Behavioural experiments : historical and conceptual underpinnings
2 Devising effective behavioural experiments
3 Panic disorder and agoraphobia
4 Health anxiety
5 Obsessive-compulsive disorder
6 Generalised anxiety disorder
7 Social anxiety
8 Specific phobias
9 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
10 Depression
11 Bipolar affective disorders
12 Psychotic symptoms
13 Eating disorders
14 Insomnia
15 Physical illness and disability
16 Acquired brain injury
17 Avoidance of affect
18 Self-injurious behaviour
19 Interpersonal difficulties
20 Low self-esteem
21 Behavioural experiments : at the crossroads
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