An Introduction to Cognitive Psychodrama Group Therapy and Its Application to Handling Distressing Events
Cognitive Psychodrama Group Therapy (CPGT) is a group therapy model that integrates the techniques and theories of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Psychodrama. CPGT enacts positive change in clients through the use of Automatic Thought Records and Psychodramatic techniques. Psychodramas unfold as the group members begin to understand their core beliefs and cognitive distortions in a way that enhances the power of the action and healing that takes place within the psychodrama.
About the Author:
Thomas Treadwell is professor of psychology at West Chester University, clinical associate at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Editor for The Group Psychologist, Division 49, Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, American Psychological Association. He is the author of Group Therapy Workbook: Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Psychodramatic Theory and Practice. As a group therapist I find effectiveness is better achieved when patients/clients and therapists work collaboratively as a therapeutic team. An inter-active (cognitive & psychodramatic) action-oriented group-focus is my treatment of choice in helping people re-adjust in modifying their communication and behavioral patterns to bring about healthy changes. Cognitive group psychotherapy is a modality utilizing guided action, psychodramatic and cognitive techniques in examining conflicts, predicaments, and crisis situations that are that are found in group or individual settings.
This compelling group workbook compiles the formulations of several leading researchers in the field of Cognitive Therapy and Psychodrama. This pioneering edition is the first in the field to integrate these valuable components in a simple workbook for clients and is a must-read for mental health professionals.
– Aaron T. Beck, MD University Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
This workbook provides an in depth look at an innovative approach to group therapy, one in which the powerful role playing processes of psychodrama are coupled with the insight building tools of cognitive behavior therapy to create a positive, healing group process where individual change can take place. Group Therapy Workbook: Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Psychodramatic Theory and Practice is a brilliant volume jam packed with exceptional tools and acuity. This is a powerful guide for both beginner and experienced clinicians alike.
– Johnathan D. Moreno PhD David and Lyn Silfen University Professor University of Pennsylvania
Treadwell’s Group Therapy Workbook seamlessly integrates two well-known group treatments—cognitive behavioral and psychodrama—into a single model that captures the best of both worlds. The clear clinical examples bring the worksheets to life and demonstrate how one can creatively link the techniques of CBT and psychodrama. The 16-session Cognitive Psychodrama Group Therapy model is structured by empirically supported interventions but has ample flexibility to accommodate groups with varied clinical profiles. I look forward to future research testing the effects of another integrative group model.
– Gary M. Burlingame PhD Professor of Psychology Brigham Young University