In CBT Made Simple, two psychologists and experts in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) offer the ultimate how-to" manual based on the principles of effective adult learning. Structured around these evidence-based principles, this user-friendly guide will help you learn CBT and deliver it to your clients in the most optimal way.
CBT is a popular and proven-effective treatment for several mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anger problems. However, there are no evidence-based learning techniques to teach it-until now. This simple, pragmatic guide offers everything you need to know about CBT: what it is, how it works, and how to implement it in session.
CBT Made Simple provides a user-friendly, practical approach to learning CBT using up-to-the-minute teaching methods and learning tools-in particular, the "effective adult learning model," which promotes interactive learning, experiential learning, and self-reflection. Each chapter presents key elements of CBT in clear, accessible language, and includes client dialogues-including explanations of the therapist's thinking process in relation to various interventions-and clinical examples. Practical exercisesare incorporated throughout, enabling you to practice and consolidate your learning. In addition, each chapter mimics the structure of an actual CBT session.
If you are a clinician or student interested in learning more about CBT, this book — a new addition to the New Harbinger Made Simple series that includes ACT Made Simple and DBT Made Simple — has everything you need to hit the ground running. Why not make it a part of your professional library?
“Josefowitz and Myran have written a tremendously useful and practical book for new and seasoned practitioners alike.CBT Made Simple is accessible, engaging, and provides a wealth of clinical examples, resources, and applications that will be turned to time and time again. The authors’ experience and wisdom shines through in providing guidance to help the reader apply cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) not only to their clients, but to learn through applications on themselves. Each chapter follows the structure of a CBT session, and guides the reader through learning in the same way that they will teach their clients. CBT is made simple through this elegantly written book!”
—Deborah Dobson, PhD, RPsych, adjunct professor in the department of psychology at the University of Calgary, and coauthor ofEvidence-Based Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; and Keith Dobson, PhD, RPsych, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Calgary, and editor ofHandbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies
“This book provides a clear and structured approach to learning and practicing CBT. Nina and David have incorporated active learning strategies, visual and auditory techniques, and lots of opportunities to practice new skills. In addition, a wealth of resources is available online to supplement the text. This book is an invaluable resource for therapists learning CBT for the first time, and for those more experienced who need a refresher in the core principles and practices of CBT.”
—Enid Grant MSW, RSW, senior director of Children’s Mental Health at Skylark Children, Youth & Families
“Josefowitz and Myran’s innovative approach to teaching CBT skills engages the reader in a way that I haven’t seen in previous books on the topic. Each chapter of the book is organized like a CBT session—setting an agenda, presenting experiential exercises, and assigning homework. The book describes CBT in a step-by-step, accessible way that is sure to be helpful for both new therapists and seasoned clinicians wanting to brush up on their skills. I highly recommendCBT Made Simple!”
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, professor of psychology at Ryerson University, and coauthor ofThe Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbookand The Anti-Anxiety Workbook
“This is a program hidden in a book, which encourages an experiential approach to CBT learning. With the additional web resources (videos, handouts) it will thoroughly engage CBT learners and teachers. A ‘must-have’ text in the era of expanding CBT practice”
—Sanjay Rao, MD, clinical director of the Mood and Anxiety Program at Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, and executive member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
“Much has been written on CBT. Still there is a need—indeed a hunger—for a clear and practical how-to book. This volume fills that need remarkably well. Its pragmatic, skill-based, experiential approach will be extremely helpful especially for clinicians new to CBT for whom it is intended. However, clinicians with all levels of sophistication and experience will find much to deepen their knowledge and practice.”
—Michael Rosenbluth, MD, FRCPC, chief of the department of psychiatry at Toronto East General Hospital, and associate professor at the University of Toronto
“CBT Made Simple offers an innovative, cutting-edge method of understanding and using CBT using the effective adult learning model. This unique and practical resource will be of great help to clinicians who are new to CBT, as well as those who’ve been practicing for years. I highly recommend this book!”
—Matthew McKay, PhD, psychologist and coauthor of several books, includingThe CBT Anxiety Solution Workbook,Thoughts and Feelings, and Self-Esteem
About the Authors:
Nina Josefowitz, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice and has taught a graduate level course on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for over fifteen years in the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Program at OISE, University of Toronto. Josefowitz has offered workshops in CBT throughout Ontario and internationally. She has appeared in court numerous times as an expert witness in cases involving interpersonal violence. Josefowitz was on the Council of the College of Psychologists of Ontario for nine years, and President of the College from 2001-2003. She has published in the area of trauma, cognitive behavioural therapy, women's issues, ethics and clinical psychology. Her most recent interests include incorporating imagery into CBT.
David Myran, MD, (1949 – 2016) was a geriatric psychiatrist and assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. For many years, he was director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach Team at Baycrest Health Sciences—a University of Toronto-affiliated hospital, where he served as a staff psychiatrist. Myran was also a CBT supervisor for psychiatry residents at the University of Toronto. Myran published and presented at professional conferences on a wide number oftopics, including psychological treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, a range of topics within geriatric psychiatry, the therapeutic relationship, and depression. His interests also included using telehealth to provide psychiatric services to older adults who are housebound.
Foreword writer Zindel V. Segal, PhD, is professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is coauthor of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and The Mindful Way through Depression.