The leading text for students and practicing therapists who want to learn the fundamentals of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), this book is eminently practical and authoritative. In a highly accessible, step-by-step style, master clinician Judith S. Beck demonstrates how to engage patients, develop a sound case conceptualization, plan treatment, and structure sessions effectively. Core cognitive, behavioral, and experiential techniques are explicated and strategies are presented for troubleshooting difficulties and preventing relapse. An extended case example and many vignettes and transcripts illustrate CBT in action. Seven reproducible clinical tools can also be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
New to This Edition
* Reflects over 15 years of research advances and the author's ongoing experience as a clinician, teacher, and supervisor.
* Chapters on the evaluation session and behavioral activation.
* Increased emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, building on patients' strengths, and homework.
* Now even more practical: features reproducibles and a sample case write-up.
"What was already an invaluable resource is further improved with the updated second edition. Beck describes the nuts and bolts of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and brings therapeutic processes and techniques to life through session narratives and case examples. New to this edition is a 'What if…' feature that offers valuable answers to common clinical questions, which extend beyond the basics. This text is essential reading for individuals learning CBT and a key reference for more seasoned therapists. It should be on the bookshelf of every mental health professional and used in every graduate course on CBT."
-David J. A. Dozois, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, Canada
"The practicality of Beck's revised therapy guide is just plain impressive. Here are the building blocks of excellent cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), taught with wonderful skill and sensitivity in a manner that engages new learners and experienced clinicians equally. This is an outstanding basic text for training mental health clinicians of all disciplines, and is especially useful for courses on general psychotherapy, CBT, or adult psychiatric problems. Numerous case illustrations clarify both the principles and practice of CBT; the extended example helps newcomers understand how to use specific methods over the entire course of treatment. It is hard to imagine that any aspiring clinician would not benefit greatly from reading this book."
-Gail S. Steketee, PhD, Dean and Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
"Whether readers are graduate students getting their first exposure to cognitive therapy or seasoned professionals wanting a refresher on cognitive theory, Dr. Beck's book will satisfy most all professional training needs."
"An important, timely, and valuable resource for psychiatric professionals who engage in formal cognitive-behavioral therapy or who practice cognitive-behavioral techniques in other contexts. This text provides a clarity of conceptualization and a review of techniques that will prove extremely useful to students as well as experienced therapists."
-Journal of Psychosocial Nursing
1. Introduction to Cognitive Therapy
2. Overview of Treatment
3. Cognitive Conceptualization
4. The Evaluation Session
5. Structure of the First Therapy Session
6. Behavioral Activation
7. Session 2 and Beyond: Structure and Format
8. Problems with Structuring the Therapy Session
9. Identifying Automatic Thoughts
10. Identifying Emotions
11. Evaluating Automatic Thoughts
12. Responding to Automatic Thoughts
13. Identifying and Modifying Intermediate Beliefs
14. Identifying and Modifying Core Beliefs
15. Additional Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques
18. Termination and Relapse Prevention
19. Treatment Planning
20. Problems in Therapy
21. Progressing as a Cognitive Therapist
Appendix A. Cognitive Case Write-Up
Appendix B. Cognitive Therapy Resources
Appendix C. Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale