Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy

Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy

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Behavioral experiments are one of the central and most powerful methods of intervention in cognitive therapy. Yet until now, there has been no volume to guide clinicians wishing to design and implement behavioral experiments. Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy fills this gap. It is written by clinicans for clinicians. It is a practical, easy to read handbook, which is relevant for practicing clinicians at every level, from trainees to cognitive therapy supervisors.

Following an introduction by David Clark, the first two chapters provide a theoretical and practical background for the understanding and development of behavioral experiments. Therafter, the remaining chapters of the book focus on particular problem areas. These include problems which have been the traditional focus of cognitive therapy, such as depression and anxiety disorders, as well as those which have only once more recently become a subject of study, such as bipolar disorder and psychotic symptoms. Additionally, it includes some which are still int their relative infancy--physical health problems, and brain injury. The book includes several chapters on transdiagnostic problems, such as avoidance of affect, low self-esteem, interpersonal issues, and self-injurious behavior. A final chapter by Christine Padesky provides some signposts for future development.

Containing examples of over 200 behavioral experiments, this book will be of enormous practical value for all those involved in cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as stimulting exploration in both its readers and their patients.
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  • Hardback | 482 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 32mm | 861.84g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous tables and line drawings
  • 0198529155
  • 9780198529156

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This book offers an excellent practical guide in how to carry out effective behavioural experiments ... I am glad that I will have [it] on my bookshelf and I foresee using it with profit for the rest of my professional career. If you have only a limited budget for professional books, I would certainly recommend this one as a useful one to own. Clinical Psychology ... an enjoyable and stimulating read with lots of useful insights. The Psychologist This book is easy to read with clearly structured chapters set out in a consistent format that will appeal to new and experienced therapists alike, and will be invaluable in both the practice of CT and the delivery of training in it. BABCP Magazine
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Table of contents

Foreword; 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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