Using Workbooks in Mental Health: Resources in Prevention, Psychotherapy, and Rehabilitation for Clinicians and Researchers

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The use of workbooks in therapy might represent one of the biggest breakthroughs that has occurred in decades. Using Workbooks in Mental Health: Resources in Prevention, Psychotherapy, and Rehabilitation for Clinicians and Researchers examines the effectiveness of mental health workbooks designed to address problems ranging from dementia and depression to addiction, spousal abuse, eating disorders, and more. Compiled by Dr. Luciano L'Abate, a leading authority on mental health workbooks, this resource will help clinicians and researchers become aware of the supportive evidence for the use of workbooks. Using Workbooks in Mental Health examines workbooks designed to specifically help: clients affected by dementia or depression abused women gambling addicts women who have substance-abuse addictions incarcerated felons couples preparing for marriage children with school refusal disorder and more! An essential reference for mental health professionals, graduate students, administrators, and researchers, Using Workbooks in Mental Health also explores the role of workbooks in psychological intervention over the past decade. Although workbooks are not yet part of the mainstream of psychological intervention, they are growing in popularity as their many advantages are recognized. They are easy to use by almost any client, they are cost-effective to both therapist and client in terms of money and time, they provide therapists with written assignments to use as homework for individuals, couples, and families, and they can be used in any setting, especially in computer-assisted offline or online interventions. In addition, this book shows how workbooks can be used to administer therapy to previously unreachable clients such as: people who fear talking to an authoritative figure or a stranger people who cannot afford face-to-face (f2f) treatments incarcerated offenders who have not been helped by talk therapies Internet users who are

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Elaine M. Scorza, MS, APRN, BC (Rush University College of Nursing)
Description: This book is a groundbreaking work on the use of workbooks in the treatment of mental health disorders. It reviews the available literature on the subject, while serving to explore the power of the written word in enhancing the health of patients.
Purpose: The book addresses the issue of whether or not workbooks are effective as tools in treatment and identifies the difficulties in acceptable research designs that provide accurate assessments of effectiveness. It also addresses the limitations of using workbooks in treatment, for example, the ability of the workbook user to read and understand the content, motivation to participate, etc. The chapters that follow thoroughly and clearly discuss how workbooks can be used for certain types of mental health problems.
Audience: A number of different types of mental health professionals could benefit from this book, and is not limited to social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, counselors in a number of disciplines, and their students.
Features: The explanations about how to operationalize the use of workbooks in mental health treatment are good and are directed at the clinician, both indirectly and directly. The author met his objectives of identifying when workbooks work as part of therapy and when they don't. He brought together the increasing amount of literature on workbooks, explained similarities and differences in workbooks across disciplines, and depicted the pervasiveness of use by the practitioner in an excellent manner. The book strikes a good balance between why to use them and how to use them. The content of the book further limits its discussions to particular areas, like individuals, couples, and families, and addresses more common problems, such as the use of workbooks for depression. Thus, a more thorough treatment of the subject serves the reader very well, versus a cursory description of a number of subjects.
Assessment: Generally, this is an excellent book for seasoned professionals across disciplines who would like to move toward a multimodal approach to treatment and use materials that may produce a more easily measured assessment of individual symptoms or problems. Students of those disciplines can be served well by exposure to the mindset of quantifying and evaluating their interventions and the patients' responses in a manner other than just talk therapy.

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Table of Contents

About the Editor
Foreword (James W. Pennebaker)


Chapter 1. The Role of Workbooks in the Delivery of Mental Health Services
in Prevention, Psychotherapy, and Rehabilitation (Luciano L’Abate)
The Status of Mental Health Needs in the United States
The Status of Individual Psychotherapy
Toward an Increasing Formalization of Psychological Interventions
Implications of an Increasing Trend in Formalization
Differences Between Clinical Practice and Research
Workbooks in Current Psychological Literature
Overview of Workbook Administration
Toward a Classification of Writing
Toward a Classification of Workbooks
Advantages of Workbooks
Metafunctions of Workbooks
Disadvantages and Dangers of Workbook Administration
Testing Theories Through Workbooks
On the Nature of Evidence to Support Workbook and Structured
Computer-Assisted Interventions
Importance of Evaluation and Informed Consent for Workbook Administration
Successful Sieves and Stepped Treatment in the Delivery of Mental Health

Chapter 2. Systematically Written Homework Assignments: The Case for
Homework-Based Treatment (Luciano L’Abate)
Professional Antecedents of Systematically Written Homework Assignments
Workbooks As Extensions of Existing Knowledge
Bridging the Semantic Gap
Research with SWHAs
A Meta-Analysis of Workbook Effectiveness
Professional Implications


Chapter 3. Dementia, Depression, and Workbooks: A Personal Odyssey (Everett
The Problem of Depression
Completing Personal Assignments for Depression

Chapter 4. Life-Challenging Conditions and Helpers (Rubin Battino)
Description of Workbooks
Workbook for People Who Have a Life-Challenging Disease
Workbook for Caregivers
Workbook for Grieving
Results from a Brief Survey
Susan and Bill: A Case Study
Implications and Conclusions

Chapter 5. Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy: A Stage-Specific Workbook
Approach (Demián F. Goldstein)
Rationale and Background for the Creation and Development of the Workbook
Description of the Workbook
Administering the Workbook
The Stage-Specific Schema Inventory
Implications for the Role of Workbooks in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Implications of the Present and Future Use of Workbooks in Mental Health

Appendix: A Sample Assignment from the 3S Workbook—Crisis Three, Initiative
versus Guilt

Chapter 6. Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Women’s Workbook (Ellen Arledge,
Joselyn Y. Barsfield, Caroline L. Mitchell, Emily Moody, and Carolina J.
Description of Workbook
Results of Workbook Administration
Clients’ Comments Concerning Workbook Utilization
The Role of Workbooks in Prevention
Implications for Using the Workbook in Practice

Chapter 7. Workbooks for Individuals with Gambling Problems: Promoting the
Natural Recovery Process Through Brief Intervention (David C. Hodgins)
Recovery from Problem Gambling
Natural versus Treatment-Assisted Recovery
Applying the Stepped Care Model to Problem Gambling
Self-Help Workbooks in Addictions
Developing a Self-Help Workbook for Problem Gamblers
Clinical Trial

Chapter 8. The Wheel of Wisdom with Depressed Inpatients (Piero De Giacomo,
Marco Storelli, Andrea De Giacomo, Caterina Tarquinio, Giovanni Carrieri,
Odilia Mele, Massimiliano Morreale, and Francesco Vaira)
Objectives and Research Hypothesis
The Technique
Method and Experimental Procedure
Analysis and Description of the Sample
Analysis of Results
Discussion and Conclusions

Chapter 9. Substance Abuse in Women: An Empirical Evaluation of a
Cognitive-Behavioral Protocol (Terry Michael McClanahan)
Description of the Manualized Cognitive-Behavioral Protocol
Clinical Efficacy of CBT Workbooks with Female Substance Abusers

Chapter 10. Workbooks and Psychotherapy with Incarcerated Felons:
Replication of Research in Progress (Oliver McMahan and John Arias)
Benefits of Writing in Interventions with Felons
Felon Writers and Emotionality
Continuing Research in Progress: Rehabilitation Program Using Programmed
Distance Writing


Chapter 11. Marriage Preparation and Maintenance (Mario Cusinato)
Historical and Cultural Context for Marriage Preparation and Maintenance
Strategies of Intervention
A Program of Marriage Preparation and Maintenance
Workbooks for Marriage Preparation
Workbooks for Marriage Maintenance
Evaluation of the Educational Process

Chapter 12. Homework in Couple Therapy: A Review and Evaluation of
Available Workbooks (Krista S. Gattis, Mia Sevier, and Andrew Chistensen)
Defining Homework
Clinical Issues in Homework with Couples
Research Basis of Homework with Couples
Workbooks for Use with Couples
Special Considerations

Chapter 13. Intimacy in Couples: Evaluating a Workbook (Eleonora Maino)
Contextual Considerations
The Early Couple Relationship
Research with Structured Interventions
Intervention: An Intimacy Workbook
Discussion and Summary


Chapter 14. Manualized Treatment for School-Refusal Behavior in Youth
(Christopher A. Kearney and Krisann M. Alvarez)
Rationale for the Creation and Development of a Therapist Guide and Parent
Description of the Therapist Guide and Parent Workbook
Research Evidence
Case Studies
Predictions About the Future of Manuals and Workbooks in Mental Health

Chapter 15. A Review of Workbooks and Related Literature on Eating
Disorders (Katherine J. Miller)
Descriptions of Workbooks and Related Research

Chapter 16. Couples with a Handicapped Child: Experiencing Intimacy
(Eleonora Maino, Silvia Pasinato, Donatella Fara, Umberto Talpone, and
Massimo Molteni)
Contextual Considerations
Clinical Considerations: Family Resources and the Impact of Disability
Intervention Modality: Psychoeducational Counseling and Workbooks
Research with Structured Interventions
Intervention: An Intimacy Workbook
Representative Case Studies
Discussion and Summary


Chapter 17. The Status and Future of Workbooks in Mental Health: Concluding
Commentary (Luciano L’Abate and Lorna L. Hecker)
Unstructured versus Structured Interventions
Questions About Programmed Distance Writing
Epidemiological Implications of Workbooks
A Research Agenda for Workbooks
Psychotherapy and Workbook-Based Interventions
Appendix. Survey Questionnaire: Participant Satisfaction with Workbooks
Reference Notes Included

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