Synthesizing the evidence base for cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and translating it into practical clinical guidelines, this book has enhanced the knowledge and skills of thousands of therapists and students. The authors—an experienced clinician and a prominent psychotherapy researcher—discuss how to implement core CBT techniques, why and how they work, and what to do when faced with gaps in scientific knowledge. Vivid case examples illustrate what evidence-based strategies look like in action with real-world clients who may have multiple presenting problems. The authors also separate CBT myths from facts and discuss ways to manage common treatment challenges.
"CBT is the first-line treatment for virtually every mental health problem. Therefore, it is essential that mental health care professionals are familiar with this effective treatment. In this second edition of their influential text, Dobson and Dobson provide an update and elaboration of CBT that should be part of every clinician's toolkit. Using concrete examples, the authors cover the full range of CBT techniques that are based on clear research evidence."—Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University
"Dobson and Dobson have written an important book that bridges science and practice for students and clinicians alike. The evidence base for the efficacy of CBT has long been established in a multitude of research studies, but practitioners vary widely in the methods they use. This book provides an overview of successful treatments and demonstrates how to use CBT principles in an evidence-based way to plan and deliver treatment."—Judith S. Beck, PhD, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
1. Introduction and the Context of Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
2. Assessment for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
3. Integration and Case Formulation
4. Setting the Stage for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy through Building Alliance and Planning Ahead
5. Beginning Treatment: Structuring Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
6. Behavioral Work: Increasing Skills
7. Behavioral Work: Decreasing Avoidance
8. Cognitive Work: Identifying Targets
9. Cognitive Work: Addressing Negative Thinking
10. Cognitive Work: Working with Core Beliefs and Schemas
11. Completion of Treatment and Prevention of Relapse
12. Challenges in Conducting Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
13. The Research Context of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Appendix A. The Cognitive Therapy Scale
Appendix B. Review Articles Regarding the Efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
About the Authors:
Deborah Dobson, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has served as Director of Clinical Training for the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency program and began the first certificate program in cognitive-behavioral therapy in Western Canada, in 2014. She served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies from 2010 to 2016. Dr. Dobson is a recipient of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award for her advocacy work with the Canadian Mental Health Association–Calgary Region. Her professional interests include client advocacy and access to empirically supported treatments, clinical training and supervision, and cognitive-behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders.
Keith S. Dobson, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and a Principal Investigator for the Opening Minds program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with a focus on stigma reduction in the workplace. His research has focused on both cognitive models and cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression. Dr. Dobson has published over 230 articles and chapters, 13 books, two DVDs, and one DVD series. He is a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. He is a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology and the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Psychology from the Canadian Psychological Association, among other honors.