Now revised and expanded, this is the leading resource for psychotherapists working with adults who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) without significant cognitive and language impairments (also known as Asperger syndrome). Valerie L. Gaus shows how to adapt the proven techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to build clients' social and coping skills, facilitate self-acceptance, and treat comorbid anxiety and depression. Illustrated with detailed case examples, the book is grounded in cutting-edge knowledge about information-processing differences in ASD. It gives clinicians critical guidance for conceptualizing these clients' presenting problems and optimizing the effectiveness of interventions. Reproducible worksheets can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. First edition title: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome.
New to This Edition
*Explains the significant terminology changes in DSM-5 and their impact.
*Chapter on mindfulness-based strategies for emotion regulation problems.
*Additional strategies and resources for teaching social and coping skills.
*Describes new and updated assessment instruments.
*Incorporates cutting-edge research on CBT and on clinical problems associated with ASD.
See also the author's related self-help resource, Living Well on the Spectrum, an ideal client recommendation.
"With this second edition, Gaus continues to correct myths and misunderstandings about treating adults with ASD while advancing the field of CBT with this population. The book is filled with thoughtfully implemented interventions that address the core deficits of ASD as well as common co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety and mood disorders. You will learn a great deal about ASD from this book--and at the same time, you will learn a great deal about CBT. Gaus is an experienced, compassionate clinician who is determined to provide effective and respectful treatment for those with ASD. I highly recommend this second edition."--Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP, Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
"The second edition of this classic book will be invaluable to clinicians working with adults on the spectrum. It provides a treasure trove of materials to learn from and use in clinical practice. Gaus does a truly fantastic job of integrating research with a patient-centered approach to skill building. The new coverage of 'third-wave' CBT approaches is extremely helpful."--Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Irving B. Harris Professor, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
"Gaus has made a major contribution....Using case studies from her many years of research and practice, she offers the practicing clinician a readable and helpful window into work with this challenging population....Gaus' frequent use of transcriptions of parts of sessions, anecdotes, and multiple case examples illustrate her ideas and keep us engaged." (on the first edition)
— PsychCentral.com, April 2010
About the Author:
Valerie L. Gaus, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Long Island and New York City. Her focus is treating mental health problems in adults with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and other learning and developmental disorders. Since receiving her doctorate in 1992, she has approached her work with a cognitive-behavioral orientation. Dr. Gaus serves on the advisory board of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association and the grant review committee of the Organization for Autism Research, and instructs an advanced training course through the Swedish Psychological Association. Dr. Gaus has written numerous articles and chapters on mental health issues in developmental disabilities and has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally. She is the author of the self-help resource Living Well on the Spectrum as well as a book for therapists, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition.