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Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
An Illustrated Guide

Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D., Monica Ramirez Basco, Ph.D., and Michael E. Thase, M.D.
Series Editor: Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
2006
316 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-153-8
Paperback
Item #62153





Click here to see a sample video vignette illustrating in vivo exposure therapy.

Download Forms and Checklists Click here to access helpful forms in planning or performing CBT, featured in Appendix 1: Worksheets and Checklists.

With its unique combination of “reading, seeing, and doing” through lavish use of video, tables and charts, learning exercises, troubleshooting examples, and practical tips for getting the most from treatment interventions, Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide is designed to help both students and practitioners master the core methods of this proven form of psychotherapy.

This easy-to-use guidebook offers brief video vignettes (included on DVD) of master cognitive-behavior therapists who show how to implement the most important techniques of CBT, such as


  • The collaborative therapeutic relationship
  • Full descriptions and instructions on the most effective behavioral strategies; a program designed for achieving competency
  • An integrated cognitive-behavioral/biological/interpersonal model for treatment
  • Instructions on fully integrating CBT with psychopharmacological intervention and on formulation and treatment planning methods endorsed by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide covers all of the key features of CBT, beginning with the origins of the CBT model and an overview of core theories and techniques that guide the work of effective cognitive-behavior therapists. Subsequent chapters cover


  • In-depth explanations and illustrations of the core methods and desired elements of the therapeutic relationship in CBT, including how to conceptualize a case with the CBT model and how to structure effective sessions
  • The critical functions of structure and psychoeducation
  • Pragmatic instructions on how to implement the most important CBT methods, including specific methods used to identify and change maladaptive cognitions and behavior in major psychiatric disorders, from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder, psychoses, and eating and personality disorders
  • A unique troubleshooting guide to assist readers in overcoming common clinical problems in implementing CBT
  • Helpful learning exercises to enhance understanding and put CBT interventions to work
  • Guidelines and measures to assess progress toward achieving competency in CBT and continuing to build skills in this effective treatment approach

This remarkable volume concludes with two appendices of practical worksheets, checklists, thought records, and other written exercises for clinical practice, and recommended web sites and other CBT learning resources. A DVD is also included.

Written by expert cognitive-behavior therapists, Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide is the essential resource for students of medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work, pastoral counseling, and nursing and for practitioners who wish to learn the invaluable techniques of CBT.

Preface. Acknowledgments. Basic principles of cognitive-behavior therapy. The therapeutic relationship: collaborative empiricism in action. Assessment and formulation. Structuring and educating. Working with automatic thoughts. Behavioral methods I: improving energy, completing tasks, and solving problems. Behavioral methods II: reducing anxiety and breaking patterns of avoidance. Modifying schemas. Common problems and pitfalls: learning from the challenges of therapy. Treating chronic, severe, or complex disorders. Building competence in cognitive-behavior therapy. Appendix 1: worksheets and checklists. Appendix 2: cognitive-behavior therapy resources. Appendix 3: DVD Guide. Index.
"Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy is an excellent introduction to the nuts and bolts of doing cognitive-behavioral therapy. Clear, practical and detailed step-by-step guidelines—accompanied by worksheets and checklists—provide the clinician with the necessary tools to implement effective and powerful interventions. This guide will prove invaluable to those who are learning cognitive-behavior therapy for the first time. The authors are leading authorities in the application of cognitive-behavior therapy and provide the reader with the benefit of their many years of experience."—Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., President, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy; President-Elect, Academy of Cognitive Therapy; Associate Editor, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Weill-Cornell University Medical College, New York Hospital; Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

"Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide by Wright, Basco, and Thase, is an outstanding book, destined to be the definitive text on the topic. Written with clarity, and rich with clinical details, this volume teaches beginners and refuels seasoned practitioners in the essentials of CBT. With practical tables and illustrations, plus a bonus of a CD with videotaped examples of CBT in action, this book is essential reading for all clinicians utilizing CBT as a treatment strategy."—John M. Oldham, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

"Several features make this guide a true standout. First, the book is extremely user-friendly, providing step-by-step instructions, numerous case examples, and all the tools needed to begin implementing the techniques covered. The included DVD is particularly helpful in illustrating the techniques and concepts taught, and is exceptionally well integrated with the text. Wright, Basco, and Thase's experience and expertise with CBT is evident throughout the text. Their collective skills as teachers, clinicians, and supervisors make this book exceptionally useful as a how-to guide for individuals at all levels. . . . This book not only provides an invaluable resource for practitioners interested in refining their CBT skills but would also make an excellent text for a graduate or professional-level course on CBT."—PsycCRITIQUES, 1/1/2006

Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chief of Adult Psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.

Monica R. Basco, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychology, at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas in Dallas, Texas.

Michael E. Thase, M.D., is Professor and Chief of Adult Academic Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.