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Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Phobia
Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Strategies

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ISBN 9781572307704
Published August 22, 2002 by Guilford Press
334 Pages

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Book Description

This volume presents the first published manual for cognitive-behavioral group therapy for social phobia (CBGT), an empirically supported treatment approach that has been applied in clinical and research settings for over 20 years. Part I provides an up-to-date overview of the disorder, addressing such issues as classification, diagnosis, prevalence, and comorbidity. A comprehensive cognitive-behavioral model of social phobia is delineated, and assessment procedures are described in depth. Part II takes the clinician step by step through implementing each of the 12 sessions of CBGT. The authors demonstrate how to orient clients to the approach; implement in-session exposures, cognitive restructuring techniques, and homework assignments; and overcome stumbling blocks in treatment. Filled with helpful clinical pointers, case examples, and therapist-client dialogues, the book also includes handy sample handouts and forms.

Table of Contents

Part I. Understanding the Nature of Social Phobia
Chapter 1. The Diagnosis and Etiology of Social Phobia
Chapter 2. Subtypes of Social Phobia, Comorbidity, and Impairment
Chapter 3. Cognitive Function in Social Phobia
Chapter 4. Dysfunctional Cognitive Processes in Social Phobia
Chapter 5. A Cognitive-Behavioral Formulation of Social Phobia
with Ronald M. Rapee and Cynthia L. Turk
Chapter 6. Assessment of Social Phobia
with Cynthia L. Turk
Part II. Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Phobia: A Treatment Manual
Chapter 7. An Overview of Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Phobia
Chapter 8. The Treatment Orientation Interview
Chapter 9. Session 1
Chapter 10. Session 2
Chapter 11. In-Session Exposures
Chapter 12. Integrating Cognitive Restructuring Procedures with In-Session Exposures
Chapter 13. Homework Procedures
Chapter 14. Sessions 3-12: Putting It All Together and Troubleshooting Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy

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Richard G. Heimberg, PhD, is Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor of Psychology and Director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple at Temple University. He is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as well as former editor of the Association's journal Behavior Therapy. Dr. Heimberg is well known for his efforts to develop and evaluate cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder and has published several books and more than 300 articles and chapters on these and related topics.


Heimberg and Becker have written the definitive treatise on understanding and treating social phobia from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. The first half of the book provides an authoritative synthesis of the relevant literature. The second half shows how to treat patients with social phobia using the authors' highly successful cognitive-behaviorally oriented group format. This book is a 'must have' for all clinicians and scholars who treat and study social phobia.--Murray B. Stein, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

I have used unpublished versions of Heimberg and Becker's treatment program for over 15 years with great success, both in treatment research and in training clinical psychology practicum students. Now in published form, this book contains the best treatment manual I've ever read. The manual is replete with clinical examples that will be useful to the individual or group therapist working with people with social phobia. It may be used either in a set format for a structured program or to provide the background for flexible application in individual cases. Clinicians with prior training in cognitive-behavioral therapy should be able to readily apply the authors' clinical wisdom to clients with social phobia in their practices.--Dianne L. Chambless, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This excellent book provides a thoughtful and lucid guide to understanding and treating social phobia. Richard G. Heimberg and his colleagues have long been recognized for their groundbreaking empirical and clinical work on this disorder. Here, Drs. Heimberg and Becker nicely summarize the conceptual and empirical underpinnings of cognitive-behavioral models of social phobia and present a detailed description of cognitive-behavioral group therapy, the preeminent treatment for people impaired by severe social anxiety. The book also offers clinically astute observations about the therapeutic process of working with people who fear criticism and rejection. Clinicians and researchers alike will welcome this volume.--Lynn E. Alden, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada

For two decades, Richard Heimberg has been at the forefront of research on social phobia. The cognitive-behavioral group therapy developed by Heimberg and his colleagues has been validated in several randomized controlled trials, and is considered by many to be the gold standard psychological treatment. This excellent book provides clear and extremely detailed guidance in how to deliver the gold standard.--David M Clark, DPhil, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK