Social Phobia: Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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Social fears are among the most common forms of anxiety in our society. Social phobia, the clinical syndrome, can seriously impact a person's life, increasing the risk of depression, substance abuse, and suicide, and reducing opportunities for social interaction, sustained relationships, and careers. The good news is that empirical evidence shows treatment for social phobia can be highly effective in producing change, and treatment that emphasizes the learning of new skills produces more change than simple education and/or medication. Rapee and Sanderson furnish a practical treatment program whose components are based on empirically validated techniques.

This is a detailed guide for dramatically improving people's lives. The components of the program for overcoming social phobia are presented chapter by chapter, so that each chapter can form the basis of a new session for those working in an eight-session format.

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Editorial Reviews

Carol Lindemann
Drs. Rapee and Sanderson furnish a clear guide to self-monitoring, cognitive restructuring, social skills and assertiveness training, and exposure to the phobic situation, in a step-by-step manual that emphasizes the importance of the client-therapist relationship and allows for freedom of individual therapeutic style. A special section outlines a new technique, attention training, which helps clients to focus on the task at hand rather than on their anxiety over how their performance will be perceived. The book is an ideal blend of evidence-based theory with clinical application.
David H. Barlow
Social phobia is severe and prevalent. Here, at last, is a treatment program with proven effectiveness. Developed by two of the leading clinicians/clinical scientists in the field and presented in an easy-to-use format, the program can be smoothly incorporated into the practice of any therapist who works with social anxiety.
Paul Foxman
Social Phobia delivers a complete cognitive-behavioral treatment package for shyness—a life-restricting form of anxiety. Therapists will appreciate Rapee and Sanderson's soup-to-nuts program, which includes assessment tools, homework sheets, sample therapist-patient dialogues, and advice on special treatment problems. Their structured and targeted approach will be especially valuable in this era of managed care.
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Meet the Author

Ronald M. Rapee earned his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales in Australia, and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney. Dr. Rapee has published extensively on child and adolescent anxiety in international journals and is the author and editor of several books. William C. Sanderson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Sanderson, who completed a clinical fellowship in cognitive therapy with Dr. Aaron Beck at the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, has published two books and more than sixty articles and chapters. An appointed advisor to the DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Work-group, he is currently a member of the Task Force on Psychological Interventions, APA Division of Clinical Psychology.

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Table of Contents

1 Diagnosis and Assessment of Social Phobia 3
2 Understanding Social Phobia and Treatment Rationale 17
3 A Case of Social Phobia 27
4 Information and Self-Monitoring 33
5 Cognitive Restructuring - I 45
6 Cognitive Restructuring - II 75
7 Attention Training 91
8 Exposure 97
9 Feedback and Social Skills 121
10 Addressing Special Issues 131
11 Termination 143
References 151
Suggested Further Readings 159
Index 165
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