Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book successfully addresses the often overlooked facet of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the obsessions themselves. The format is reader friendly and the book provides practical examples for implementation in clinical practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to focus in on the obsessional component of OCD and provide the reader with valuable information regarding specific treatments, tactics, and techniques derived from recent research. The aim of this book is to address the paucity of information regarding obsessions as compared to the compulsive component which has been studied in more depth. These worthy objectives are satisfactorily met by the authors.
Audience: Generally, practicing mental health clinicians and researchers would benefit the most from this book. Advanced psychiatric residents and graduate students in mental health would also find this book valuable. I am familiar with the authors and their authority in the field is evident.
Features: A number of chapters stand out and are of particular interest. These include chapter 3 on assessment, chapters 4 and 5 on treatments stage 1 and 2, and chapter 7 on tactics. Of note is chapter 10 on case illustrations, which readers will enjoy. This chapter not only brings together all the chapters but provides a wonderful standalone teaching tool. The therapist's toolkit has numerous forms and charts to help the busy clinician plan and record treatment sessions.
Assessment: This is a solidly written and essential tool for the clinician and mental health staff who employ cognitive therapies in their daily work.