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Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Counseling Practice
Sperry, Jon and Len Sperry
Routledge / Softcover / 2017-11-01 / 1138648671
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy / Counseling
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Recent changes in health care continue to impact professional counseling practice.Specifically, counselors are increasingly expected to use evidence-based interventions in their work with clients. Besides being evidence-based, CBT has become more consistent with the core values of the counseling profession with its evolving focus on relationships, strengths, and cultural sensitivity.

Developing a sufficient level of competence in CBT cannot be acquired through reading an overview chapter in a counseling theories book. Counselors and counselors-in-training need additional training in this core approach and also need a CBT text that is written specifically by professional counselors for them. Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Counseling Practice meets that need. It is based on the core values of the counseling profession and emphasizes the client-counselor relationship, provides extensive case examples and session transcriptions, and includes an extensive list of CBT terms. Highlighted are detailed descriptions of the theory and actual practice of several CBT approaches including Strengths-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


For Counseling Professionals and students of the Counseling Profession who have too often thought of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a set of rationally oriented interventions or felt required to use it for insurance purposes, get ready to feel renewed in the heart and soul of this approach. Sperry and Sperry's Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Professional Counseling Practice is a tour de force of CBT models, presented in the ways they are meant to be practiced: They are relationally centered, wellness-oriented, and informed by both cultural and theoretical diversity. This is not the CBT that one settles for; it is CBT that counselors can fully embrace.

-James Robert Bitter, Ed.D. Professor of Counseling and Human Services, East Tennessee State University

Counselors, teachers and students of counseling, and frankly anyone working to help people enhance their mental and emotional well-being, can find their efforts immeasurably enhanced by applying insights and knowledge gained through reading this excellent and insightful book. Myths are debunked. The roots of CBT, its core principles and techniques, branches and recent off-shoots are presented. This valuable book by Jon and Len Sperry contains just about everything readers want to know about CBT, and then some!

-Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, Adjunct Professor of Psychology - Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology: Columbia University, Psychologist, Writer, Presenter

Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Professional Counseling Practice is a book that has been hiding in plain sight for several years. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has established a strong base of empirical support. Similarly, clinical professional counselors have, as a profession, developed substantially to the point of being one of the major growth areas in mental health practice. Sperry and Sperry have brought these two elements together in a clear, practical, and useful way. This is one more impressive volume from a well-experienced CBT therapist and teacher that has value for the counseling student or professional counselor,

Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., Sc.D., ABPP, LCPC, Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Touro College, New York, NY

Drs. Sperry and Sperry have done an excellent job of highlighting concepts and techniques of the cognitive behavior therapies for practitioners. I especially like their critique of the myths of CBT and their putting this approach into perspective. They clearly show how the therapeutic alliance is fundamental to practicing CBT effectively, and how the relationship is central in any therapy. I appreciated their overview of the "third wave" contemporary CBT approaches, as this discussion illustrates the evolution of cognitive behavioral therapies. This is a practical book that provides a good overview of various aspects of CBT.

Gerald Corey, EdD, ABPP, Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling, California State University, Fullerton

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why CBT is Essential in Counseling Practice Today 1. The Evolution of CBT Practice 2. CBT Theory and Competencies 3. Contemporary CBT Approaches 4. CBT Processes 5. CBT Interventions 6. Diversity and CBT Practice 7. Evaluating CBT 8. The Future of CBT APPENDICES A. Glossary of key terms: 100+ of the most common CBT terms that counselors need to know B. Suggested readings References Index

About the Authors

Jon Sperry, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lynn University and a staff therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University. He has extensive training in CBT and practices, supervises, and consults on the use of CBT. He has published several articles and book chapters and is co-author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of DSM-5 Personality Disorders: Assessment, Case Conceptualization and Treatment and Case Conceptualization: Mastering this Competency with Ease and Confidence.

Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Florida Atlantic University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has practiced, taught, and written about CBT for over three decades and has had extensive formal training in CBT. Among his 1000+ professional publications are several articles, book chapters, and books on CBT, including the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of DSM-5 Personality Disorders, and Treatment of Chronic Medical Conditions: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Strategies and Integrative Treatment Protocols.

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