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Specific Phobias: Clinical Applications of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

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Outcome research has identified exposure-based intervention as a promising approach to treating specific phobias, the most common of anxiety disorders. In session-by-session format, Drs. Bruce and Sanderson introduce key concepts and their clinical applications, demonstrating and illustrating the protocol with ongoing vignettes. With this hands-on guide to techniques for delivering exposure-based therapy, clinicians can confidently add the approach to their repertoires of ...

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Overview

Outcome research has identified exposure-based intervention as a promising approach to treating specific phobias, the most common of anxiety disorders. In session-by-session format, Drs. Bruce and Sanderson introduce key concepts and their clinical applications, demonstrating and illustrating the protocol with ongoing vignettes. With this hands-on guide to techniques for delivering exposure-based therapy, clinicians can confidently add the approach to their repertoires of treatments that work.

Exposure-based treatment for specific phobias supplies a shining example of the scientist-practitioner model in action. Modern exposure-based treatments reflect the formative learning theories that guided their development, as well as recent advances, particularly in cognitive science, that continuously influence them.

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Robert L. Leahy
Bruce and Sanderson have done an excellent job in providing a useful manual for the treatment of specific phobia. Their book offers the clinican an excellent review of the theory and research on phobia, clear and instructive vignettes that illustrate how to handle this problem in therapy, and sophisticated and informative ideas on problems that arise in treatment. I found their description of clinical issues especially helpful: they present detailed guidelines for session-by-session treatment. This is a volume that can benefit all clinicians.
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Meet the Author

Timothy J. Bruce, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he is also Co-director of the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Clinic and Director of Medical Student Education. A consultant to public and private mental health agencies as well as the author of journal articles, book chapters, and professional educational materials in psychiatry and psychology, Dr. Bruce has been cited repeatedly for excellence in teaching. He conducts research in the area of evidence-based treatment of anxiety and mood disorders and maintains an active clinical practice in Peoria as well. William C. Sanderson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dr. Sanderson, who completed a clinical fellowship in cognitive therapy with Dr. Aaron Beck at the University of Pennsylvania and specialized in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, has published three books and more than sixty chapters and articles. An appointed advisor to the DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Workgroup, he is currently a member of the Task Force on Psychological Interventions, APA Division of Clinical Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Butterflies and Boys 1
Ch. 2 Treatment Session 1 - Assessing the Cycle of Fear and Avoidance 29
Ch. 3 Treatment Session 2 - Conveying the Therapeutic Model 61
Ch. 4 Treatment Session 3 - Understanding Exposure 87
Ch. 5 Treatment Session 4 - Bringing It All Together 107
Ch. 6 Treatment Session 5 - Facing Fears 131
Ch. 7 Treatment Session 6 - Encouraging Change 153
Ch. 8 Treatment Session 7 - Maintaining Gains and Preventing Relapse 177
Ch. 9 Treatment Session 8 - Toward Independence 193
Ch. 10 Special Issues 207
References 219
Appendices 225
Index 257
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