Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a complex and evolving model of treatment that has been developed for and applied to a wide range of mental and physical problems and disorders. CBT's flexibility as a model can also make it a difficult technique to master. To be an effective cognitive behavioural therapist, the practitioner must be able to learn the broad principles related to CBT, and understand how to adapt those principles to his or her varied clients. Intended as a stand-alone companion to the APA video series of the same title, this book brings together three esteemed leaders and trainers in the field to elucidate the key principles, frameworks, and therapeutic processes that are used by effective cognitive behaviour therapists. In engaging language, this slim and approachable volume follows the typical sequence of delivering CBT to a client, with chapters focusing on assessment, case conceptualizations, core beliefs, behavioural strategies, problem-solving strategies, cultural responsiveness, and techniques to address distorted thinking. Featuring illustrative hypothetical cases and discussion of cutting-edge research, this book will give therapists a rich understanding of the various methods, approaches, and ideas that drive modern CBT.
Amy Wenzel, PhD, ABPP, is owner and president of Wenzel Consulting, LLC; clinical assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA; and an adjunct faculty member at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is also a certified as a trainer-consultant with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Keith S. Dobson, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he has also served as head of psychology and director of the clinical psychology program. His research has focused on both cognitive models and mechanisms in depression as well as the treatment and prevention of relapse of depression, particularly using cognitive behavioural therapies. Pamela A. Hays, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii, USA and completed a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, USA.