An authoritative practitioner guide and student text, this book offers clear advice on how to structure and lead cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) groups and overcome common challenges that arise. Specific, evidence-based group assessment and treatment protocols are provided for a range of frequently encountered disorders. Emphasizing that a CBT group is more than the sum of its individual members, the authors show how to understand and use group process to optimize outcomes. Up to date, accessible, and highly practical, the book is filled with session outlines, sample dialogues, checklists, troubleshooting tips, and other user-friendly features.
"Provides an excellent and comprehensive discussion of the basic structure and implementation of CBT techniques offered in a group format. The book is a must-read for beginning group therapists, providing in-depth coverage on how to perform behavioraI strategies in a group, establish group rules, interact with problem members, work with a cotherapist, and decide between sticking with the agenda versus pursuing unplanned group interaction. Important questions are raised in a thoughtful manner....We wholeheartedly recommend this book to those interested in researching and conducting CBGT and endorse the recommendations regarding future directions to maximize group process integration in CBT groups."--International Journal of Group Psychotherapy
"Throughout this excellent book, the authors convey the message that attention to process in CBT groups is as necessary to a successful group experience as knowing how to teach basic CBT skills. They provide specific guidance about how to use the properties of groups to facilitate learning of concepts and strategies in order to maximize change. They also provide information about structuring groups, effective leadership skills, and how to manage many of the common challenges associated with group process. In so doing, these authors address a significant gap in most group CBT treatment manuals....The book offers a wonderful blend of theory, research, and clinical experience related to group CBT....Above all, this book is extremely practical, offering many helpful tips and suggestions....This book provides an excellent resource for those seeking to learn more about how to conduct group CBT in a way that utilizes the power of group process to enhance cognitive and behavioral change....This book will be of interest to any clinician looking for guidelines for teaching CBT strategies and managing group process, and would make an excellent text for an intermediate-level graduate course for students with prior CBT experience. Overall, I believe that this book makes an important contribution to the scientific thinking and practice of group CBT."--Canadian Psychology
"This is the book I would have liked to be able to read when I started running CBT groups sixteen years ago....What I found particularly helpful about this book is that from the start, the authors acknowledge that CBT groups are 'more than techniques delivered "simultaneously" to multiple clients.' The focus of the book is therefore 'the integration of CBT strategies, and the understanding and enhancement of group process to aid in learning and understanding cognitive and behavioural strategies.' This is a considerably more sophisticated approach to group CBT than has previously been available in the literature....This book will be a very valuable resource for professionals setting up and running CBT groups for a wide range of clients, as well as for professionals supervising CBT groups, and is highly recommended."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
About the Author
Peter J. Bieling, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and Director of Mood and Anxiety Services of St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario. He has published widely in the areas of depression and cognitive-behavioral therapy. A Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, he is an active therapist, teacher of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and consultant.
Randi E. McCabe, PhD, is Chair of the Clinical Behavioural Sciences Programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and is Associate Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. She has published widely on anxiety, eating disorders, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and is the author of three books for consumers. An active trainer and workshop presenter, she is on the editorial board of The Clinical Psychologist and maintains a private practice focusing on eating disorders.
Martin M. Antony, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, and is Psychologist-in-Chief and Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. He has published 20 books and over 100 articles and chapters in the areas of cognitive-behavioral therapy and anxiety disorders. Actively involved in research, teaching, and clinical practice, he has received career awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association), the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Anxiety Disorders Association, and is a Fellow of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations.