1st Edition

Cognitive and Behavioral Theories in Clinical Practice

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ISBN 9781606233429
Published December 1, 2009 by Guilford Press
380 Pages


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Book Description

Demonstrating the importance of theory for effective clinical practice, this thought-provoking volume brings together leading experts on a range of contemporary cognitive and behavioral approaches. The contributors probe the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of each model—its assumptions about normal psychological processes, the development and maintenance of psychopathology, and the mechanisms by which therapeutic changes take place. The historical antecedents of the theories are examined and studies that have tested them are reviewed. Vivid case studies show practitioners how theory informs clinical decision making and technique in each of the respective approaches.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Frank M. Dattilio


1. Philosophy, Psychology, Causes and Treatments of Mental Disorders, Paul M. G. Emmelkamp, Thomas Ehring, and Mark B. Powers


2. Beck’s Cognitive Therapy, Jan Scott and Arthur Freeman


3. Problem-Solving Therapy, Arthur M. Nezu, Christine Maguth Nezu, and Thomas J. D’Zurilla


4. Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Raymond A. DiGiuseppe


5. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Thomas J. Waltz and Steven C. Hayes


6. Behavioral Activation Therapy, Christopher R. Martell, Sona Dimidjian, and Peter M. Lewinsohn


7. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Thomas R. Lynch and Prudence Cuper


8. Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Anthony Ryle


9. Positive Psychology and Therapy, Nansook Park, Christopher Peterson, and Steven M. Brunwasser


10. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Sona Dimidjian, Blair Kleiber, and Zindel V. Segal


11. Emotion-Focused/Interpersonal Cognitive Therapy, Jeremy D. Safran, Catherine Eubanks-Carter, and J. Christopher Muran


12. Concluding Remarks, Nikolaos Kazantzis, Mark A. Reinecke, and Arthur Freeman

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Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD, has worked in clinical, training, and research settings for over two decades. He is founder and director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit. His research focuses on processes within the therapeutic relationship, how they directly support treatment changes and client engagement, and how they can be reliably assessed by trained observers and supervisors. He is a Beck Scholar, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society,and the Delegate for Australia of the International Association for Cognitive Therapy. In 2020, he is serving as Guest Editor for the scholarly journals Cognitive Therapy and Research, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Frontiers in Psychology, and Psychotherapy Research. He is also continuing his term as Associate Editor for Cognitive Therapy and Research, is incoming Editor for Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, and is Editor of Springer Nature's "CBT: Science into Practice" book series.

Mark A. Reinecke, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Division of Psychology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He serves on the staff of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. He is a Distinguished Fellow and former president of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. His research and clinical interests focus on understanding and treating depression and suicide among children and adolescents. Dr. Reinecke's numerous publications include seven books.

Arthur Freeman, EdD, LLD (h.c.), ABPP, until his death in 2020, was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. A leading expert on cognitive-behavioral therapy, he was a past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Dr. Freeman's research and clinical interests included marital and family therapy and cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. The author of over 100 chapters and articles, he lectured in 45 countries and his work has been translated into 20 languages.


"This powerful and thought-provoking book will provide exciting reading for any therapist who wants to better understand how theoretical constructs can guide and enrich clinical practice. By bringing together clear and compelling accounts of the major forms of cognitive and behavioral therapies, the editors give us a wonderful opportunity to make side-by-side comparisons of different but related approaches. This is an 'A-list' book that should be in every cognitive-behavioral therapist’s library."--Jesse H. Wright, MD, PhD, Professor and Kolb Endowed Chair of Outpatient Psychiatry and Director, Depression Center, University of Louisville

"This excellent volume brings together leading experts to discuss how cognitive-behavioral theories are applied in real-life clinical settings, and why they work. Including discussions of cutting-edge approaches, this is 'must' reading for practicing clinicians and graduate students."--Robert L. Leahy, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital

"This book's well-written chapters reflect the rich tapestry of approaches, views, lively controversies, and major issues in CBT today. One key way that the volume differs from others is its emphasis on understanding the different contemporary CBT approaches 'from the ground up' by elucidating their underlying philosophies and assumptions. The book is likely to attract a wide audience from practitioners, instructors in graduate and medical schools, and all those who want to become more broadly acquainted with the intellectual bases and current status of CBT."--John H. Riskind, PhD, Department of Psychology, George Mason University
This book will enable therapists and students to grasp contemporary cognitive and behavioural approaches, and understand the similarities and differences between approaches. It would be invaluable to clinical nurse specialists.
--Nursing Standard, 10/18/2009ƒƒ
The book provides an excellent overview of CBT interventions and demonstrates that CBT is a rich and wide-ranging set of therapeutic interventions. Moreover, it provides for the clinician in a practical and clinical context with which the theoretical and therapeutic potentially come together.
--Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 11/7/2012ƒƒ
This book is focused on understanding, planning, and conducting CBT, and written with insight into what theoretical knowledge is useful for psychologists doing these everyday clinical tasks. Several of the chapter authors will be familiar to clinicians as they have had a pivotal role in the ongoing development of the therapy they are writing about. In addition to being well versed in theory, it is also important to acknowledge that the authors themselves are practicing clinicians....A tool that will support 'knowledgeable, flexible, and creative work' by practitioners. This book will sit nicely alongside clinicians' handy 'how to' therapy resources, encouraging them to remember 'why' they are using a particular CBT approach. For psychologists whose continuing professional development goals include consolidating or updating on cognitive and behavioural theories this book is definitely a resource to consider.
--Psychology Aotearoa, 5/3/2010ƒƒThe special strength of this volume is the multiple case illustrations that show how each particular theory informs clinical decision making and techniques used in the therapy.--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 12/30/2014