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Evidence-based Practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


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Introduction and Context of Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions. Assessment for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Integration and Case Formulation. Beginning Treatment: Planning for Therapy and Building Alliance. Beginning Treatment: Basic Skills. Behavior Change Elements in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive Restructuring Interventions. Assessing and Modifying Core Beliefs and Schemas. Completion of Treatment and Prevention of Relapse. Challenges in Conducting Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. The Research Context of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Myths about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Starting and Maintaining a Cognitive-Behavioral Practice. Appendix A: The Cognitive Therapy Scale. Appendix B: Review Articles Regarding the Efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

About the Author

Deborah Dobson, PhD, is a psychologist with the Calgary Health Region and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has a private practice where she provides assessments and CBT for adult clients. Her professional interests include client access to empirically supported treatments, clinical training, and consumer advocacy. Dr. Dobson is Director of Clinical Training for the Calgary Consortium in Clinical Psychology and President of the Canadian Mental Health Association/m-/Calgary Region. Keith S. Dobson, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, where he is also Head of Psychology and co-leader of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute Depression Research Program. His research has focused on cognitive models and mechanisms in depression and on the treatment of depression, particularly using CBT. Dr. Dobson has published over 150 articles and chapters and 8 books. President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and President-Elect of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, he is a recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession.


"This guide provides an integration of recommended practices and up-to-date evidence for CBT across a range of disorders. Particular (and novel) strengths include accurate and brief summaries of the science concerning CBT, along with discussions of the nuts and bolts of setting up a practice, relevant cultural and contextual issues, and useful strategies in assessment and intervention. The book is clearly written and highly accessible. Dobson and Dobson are to be congratulated on doing exactly what the title suggests by providing a valuable, well-balanced introductory guide to science and practice." - Edward Watkins, Mood Disorders Centre, School of Psychology, University of Exeter, UK "A unique contribution to the clinical literature. This book provides valuable guidance on how to carry out cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) effectively. It would serve as an excellent text for courses on CBT for practicing clinicians. Cutting across disorders, Dobson and Dobson show how CBT can be used with virtually any client. They include valuable instruction on often-overlooked techniques, such as behavioral activation and social skills training. They also address challenges and controversies in clinical training and the dissemination of evidence-based practices. This is a book for everyone interested in the science and practice of CBT." - Deborah Roth Ledley, Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, USA

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