Although cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the most widely practiced evidence-based clinical approach in mental health today, CBT is a broad term that encompasses a wide array of approaches and techniques that can be difficult for even experienced clinicians to navigate. In this fully updated edition, the authors provide a detailed, step-by-step guide to behavioral interventions in CBT. They discuss case formulation and treatment planning, core behavioral intervention strategies, and invative approaches such as acceptance, mindfulness, and a behavioral approach to cognition. They look at key behavioral techniques, such as self-monitoring, behavioral activations, exposure therapy, and skills training, that are essential features of CBT practice. The behavioral framework they describe is practical and accessible to clinicians and students with varying degrees of behavioral training. Alongside a comprehensive update of the research literature, this edition features new chapters on enhancing interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and navigating particularly difficult therapeutic challenges.
Richard F. Farmer, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and research scientist currently affiliated with the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon, USA. After completing an internship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, he earned a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since then, he has served as an associate professor of psychology at Idaho State University and East Carolina University and as a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr. Farmer's main areas of research and clinical interest include behavioral assessment and therapy, emotional and behavioral disorders over the life span, impulsivity, and substance use disorders. Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, RPsych, is a registered psychologist, an associate professor, and coordinator of the clinical science area in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, Canada (SFU), and the president of the DBT Centre of Vancouver.