For the first time cognitive therapists will have a detailed guide for designing behavioural experiments across a wide range of clinical problems
Contains over 200 examples of experiments to inspire therapists' creativity
Written by clinicians, for clinicians
A practical, accessible, easy-to-read guide to study, or to dip into before therapy sessions
Behavioural experiments are one of the central and most powerful methods of intervention in cognitive therapy. Yet until now, there has been no volume specifically dedicated to guiding [clinicians] who wish to design and implement behavioural experiments across a wide range of clinical problems.
The Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy fills this gap. It is written by clinicians for clinicians. It is a practical, easy to read handbook, which is relevant for practising clinicians at every level, from trainees to cognitive therapy supervisors.
Following a foreword by David Clark, the first two chapters provide a theoretical and practical background for the understanding and development of behavioural experiments. Thereafter, the remaining chapters of the book focus on particular problem areas. These include problems which have been the traditional focus of cognitive therapy (e.g. depression, anxiety disorders), as well as those which have only more recently become a subject of study (bipolar disorder, psychotic symptoms), and some which are still in their relative infancy (physical health problems, brain injury). The book also includes several chapters on transdiagnostic problems, such as avoidance of affect, low self-esteem, interpersonal issues, and self-injurious behaviour. A final chapter by Christine Padesky provides some signposts for future development.
Containing examples of over 200 behavioural experiments, this book will be of enormous practical value for all those involved in cognitive behavioural therapy, as well as stimulating exploration and creativity in both its readers and their patients.
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David Clark: Foreword
1 James Bennett-Levy, David Westbrook, Melanie Fennell, Myra Cooper, Khadj Rouf & Ann Hackmann: Behavioural experiments: historical and conceptual underpinnings
2 Khadj Rouf, Melanie Fennell, David Westbrook, Myra Cooper & James Bennett-Levy: Devising effective behavioural experiments
3 Ann Hackmann: Panic disorder and agoraphobia
4 Amy Silver, Diana Sanders, Norma Morrison & Carolyn Cowie,: Health anxiety
5 Norma Morrison & David Westbrook: Obsessive-compulsive disorder
6 Gillian Butler & Khadj Rouf: Generalised anxiety disorder
7 Gillian Butler & Ann Hackmann: Social anxiety
8 Joan Kirk & Khadj Rouf: Specific phobias
9 Martina Mueller, Ann Hackmann & Alison Croft: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
10 Melanie Fennell, James Bennett-Levy & David Westbrook: Depression
11 June Dent, Helen Close & Joanne Ryder: Bipolar affective disorders
12 Helen Close & Stefan Schuller: Psychotic symptoms
13 Myra Cooper, Linette Whitehead & Nicky Boughton: Eating disorders
14 Melissa Ree & Allison Harvey: Insomnia
15 Amy Silver, Christina Surawy & Diana Sanders: Physical illness and disability
16 Joanna McGrath & Nigel King: Acquired brain injury
17 Gillian Butler & Christina Surawy: Avoidance of affect
18 Helen Kennerley: Self-injurious behaviour
19 Paul Flecknoe & Diana Sanders: Interpersonal difficulties
20 Melanie Fennell & Helen Jenkins: Low self-esteem
21 Christine Padesky: Behavioural experiments: at the crossroads