Beck's Cognitive Therapy
Distinctive Features 2nd Edition
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Beck's Cognitive Therapy explores the key contributions made by Aaron T. Beck to the development of cognitive behaviour therapy.
The book describes the development of the unique model of therapy developed by Professor Aaron. T. Beck and his daughter, Dr. Judith. S. Beck. The first part on theory explains how the Becks understand psychological problems. The second part on practice describes the main methods and skills that have evolved in cognitive therapy.
Updated throughout to include recent developments, this revised edition of Beck's Cognitive Therapy will be ideal for both newcomers and experienced practitioners.
Table of Contents
Introduction: From Kraepelin to Beck to us; Part One: THEORY; 1. Aaron. T. Beck – his life and the development of the principles of cognitive therapy; 2. Problem areas in psychological functioning are marked out by specific cognitive themes and processes; 3. Cognitive therapy addresses a variety of levels and types of cognition – we begin with Beck’s discovery of ‘automatic thoughts’; 4. Cognitive distortions play a key role in psychological problems; 5. Cognitive organisation is underpinned by deep modes, schemas, beliefs and assumptions; 6: Cognitive therapy draws richly on evolutionary theory; 7. Images also reflect key elements of cognitive distortions; 8. Cognition, emotion, behaviour and physiology interact with mutual and reciprocal influence on each other; 9. Safety behaviours, including avoidance, over-preparation and reassurance-seeking - play a major role in maintaining anxiety; 10. Understanding the role of negative biases in attention strengthen the cognitive model; 11. Metacognitive analysis strengthens our understanding of psychopathology; 12. Mindfulness has added power and subtlety to the cognitive model; 13. Cognitive therapy is a formulation and conceptualisation driven form of psychological therapy; 14. Beckian epistemology has a clear research process for developing appropriate therapeutic knowledge; 15. Therapy protocols have played a role in the development of cognitive approach; Part Two: PRACTICE – Introduction; 16. Cognitive therapy requires a collaborative therapeutic relationship; 17. Cognitive therapists, like other therapists, use conceptualisations to tackle interpersonal and alliance issues; 18. Cognitive therapy is, at least initially, a time-sensitive and relatively structured form of therapy; 19. Cognitive therapy is problem and goal-oriented and is focused, at least initially, on ‘here and now’ functioning; 20. Cognitive therapy has an educational focus and uses regular homework; 21. Cognitive therapy has a well identified set of methods and skills; 22. Cognitive therapy builds on the identification of unhelpful automatic thoughts; 23. Cognitive therapists teach clients to evaluate and then respond to their negative thoughts; 24. Cognitive therapists have developed specific methods for identifying beliefs & schemas; 25. Cognitive therapy has specific methods for working on unhelpful beliefs and schemas; 26. Cognitive therapy has been strengthened by including interventions focused on emotions and imagery; 27. Cognitive therapists use a variety of methods to promote behaviour change; 28. Cognitive therapy has developed new ways of working with cognitive processes, especially via mindfulness; 29. Cognitive therapists are key participants in large systems delivering psychological therapy; 30. Cognitive therapy aspires to be a unifying model – both in terms of using the concepts and skills of other therapies, and of offering them its own methods; Concluding Comments: Let’s all raise a glass to Aaron ‘Tim’ Beck
Frank Wills has been a cognitive therapist, author and trainer over many years. He has been keen to promote a pluralistic model of practice that is grounded in emotional and interpersonal, as well as cognitive skills.
In this important and highly accessible contribution to the Distinctive Features series, Dr Wills eruditely presents the history and core features of Beck's seminal theory. The book covers the central and inspiring components of Beck's model and therapy, referencing their wider context and impact.
Professor of Clinical and Experimental Psychopathology
University of Manchester, UK
Cognitive ideas and methods have the potential to make an invaluable contribution to the work of any counsellor or psychotherapist. In this engaging, accessible, and clearly-laid out book, Frank Wills introduces us to the essential ideas behind cognitive practice, and how these ideas can be applied effectively within a warm, collaborative, and empowering therapeutic relationship.
Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton
Frank Wills is a well-known and highly regarded author and this book will benefit both trainee counsellors and psychotherapists and experienced practitioners. While focussing on Beck’s model of CBT, the acknowledgement of the contributions of psychoanalysis and person-centred theories to CBT is refreshing and will significantly help practitioners who seek to integrate CBT into their practice to do so.
Sue Wheeler, Professor, University of Leicester
The book succeeds admirably in placing Beck’s work in the wider therapeutic context, and addresses both the science and art of CBT. Frank Wills brings his own insights and personal touches to the writing, and the result is both wise and humane.
Neil Frude, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Professor, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales.