1st Edition

Assessment in Cognitive Therapy

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ISBN 9781462518128
Published January 5, 2015 by Guilford Press
366 Pages

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Book Description

This volume brings together leading experts to explore the state of the art of cognitive clinical assessment and identify cutting-edge approaches of interest to clinicians and researchers. The book highlights fundamental problems concerning the validity of assessments that are widely used in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Key directions for further research and development are identified. Updated cognitive assessment methods are described in detail, with particular attention to transdiagnostic treatment, evidence-based practice, cognitive case formulation, and imagery-based techniques.

Table of Contents

1. Cognitive Clinical Assessment: Contributions and Impediments to Progress, David A. Clark & Gary P. Brown
I. Cognitive Assessment Strategies and Practices
2. "Better the Devil You Know"? A Conceptual Critique of Endorsement Methods in Cognitive Research and Practice, Gary P. Brown & David A. Clark
3. Production-Based Assessment in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, David A. F. Haaga & Ari Solomon
4. Imagery-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment, Susie Hales, Simon E. Blackwell, Martina Di Simplicio, Lalitha Iyadurai, Kerry Young, & Emily A. Holmes
5. Assessment of Cognitive Vulnerability to Psychopathology: Issues in Theory and Practice, Lyndsay E. Evraire, David J. A. Dozois, & Elizabeth P. Hayden
6. Implementing an Evidence-Based Approach to Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment, John Hunsley & Katherine Elliott
II. Cognitive Assessment and Diagnosis
7. Dimensionality in Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment, Amanda A. Uliaszek, Alison Alden, & Richard E. Zinbarg
8. The Cognitive Content-Specificity Hypothesis: Contributions to Diagnosis and Assessment, John Baranoff & Tian Po S. Oei
9. Transdiagnostic Cognitive Assessment and Case Formulation for Anxiety: A New Approach, Angela H. Smith, Chelsea G. Ratcliff & Peter J. Norton
10. Beyond DSM Diagnosis: The Pros and Cons of Cognitive Case Formulation, Peter Bieling & Brenda Key
III. Challenges and Continuing Controversies
11. Toward a Validity Framework for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Self-Report Assessment, Nick Hawkes & Gary P. Brown
12. Enhancing Measurement Validation in Cognitive-Clinical Research with Structural Equation Modeling and Item Response Theory, Kristin Naragon-Gainey & Timothy A. Brown
13. Implicit Measures of Associations: A Case of Exaggerated Promises?, Anne Roefs, Jorg Huijding, Fren T. Y. Smulders, Anita T. M. Jansen, & Colin M. MacLeod
14. Advances in Construct Validity Theory: Implications for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Assessment, Leila Guller & Gregory T. Smith
15. Fresh Pools or Stagnant Streams: Current Status of Cognitive Clinical Assessment, Gary P. Brown & David A. Clark

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Gary P. Brown, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom, and Director of Research for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Dr. Brown has published extensively in the area of cognitive therapy for depression and anxiety. His particular focus has been on assessment and measurement, and he has been involved in the development of a number of the key measures used in the field. He has also been active in helping to develop the system of cognitive-behavioral training in the United Kingdom.

David A. Clark, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. Dr. Clark's research on the cognitive basis of anxiety and depression has appeared in numerous scientific journals. He is the author of several books, including Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders and The Anxiety and Worry Workbook (both with Aaron T. Beck) and The Mood Repair Toolkit. Dr. Clark is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and a recipient of its Aaron T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contributions to Cognitive Therapy. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. His website is www.davidclarkpsychology.ca.


"This volume charts a new course for the models and applications of assessment in CBT. Leading authorities in the field examine both conceptual and pragmatic concerns in the measurement of cognitive processes and outcomes, as well as the connection between cognitive assessment and other critical features of the therapy process. Particular attention is given to the implications of DSM-5 for assessment, dimensional and transdiagnostic considerations, and the role of assessment in case conceptualization. The editors have purposefully attended to assessment from diverse perspectives, giving the book a unique place in the field. It will be of interest to a wide variety of practitioners, researchers, and students."--Keith S. Dobson, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada

"With cognitive-behavioral treatment covering such a variety of mental health conditions, the need is greater than ever for careful evaluation beyond the standard history. This book demonstrates the value of a multipronged approach. Remarkably comprehensive, it will help guide clinicians, researchers, and students in a quest to better serve those who seek care. I know something about evaluating patients, and I learned a lot from reading this book."--James Morrison, MD, Affiliate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University

"Providing a timely summary of the major challenges facing the field of cognitive clinical assessment, Brown and Clark set an agenda for future research that is both challenging and compelling. Chapters by internationally recognized experts offer a balanced summary and thought-provoking critique of the present state of the field. Each chapter concludes with Key Points that nicely summarize content and highlight recommendations relevant to clinical practice, research, and training. Essential reading for CBT practitioners and researchers, it would also be a solid and stimulating text for graduate courses."--Gregory H. Mumma, PhD, Department of Psychology, Texas Tech University

"Addressing a key element of cognitive therapy, the editors have put together a great volume that helped me consider assessment in the detail it deserves. The book guides us to ensure that assessment is evidence based and woven throughout a course of therapy. It urges clinicians to think beyond giving clients just another self-report questionnaire and helps us understand the measures we use (and those we don’t, but should). I heartily encourage clinicians to read this book--and take heed of the guidance it provides--so we can be truly empirical in our work."--Nick Grey, DClinPsy, Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
-_x000D_This is one of the few books on CBT that focus on the assessment process. Written by an international collection of experts in the field, it provides up-to-date information and covers many different areas of assessment within a DSM-5 framework. This would be an excellent addition to the libraries of students and professionals who practice in the CBT tradition.--Doody's Review Service, 4/15/2015