1st Edition

Developmental Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Adults

ISBN 9780415956000
Published April 30, 2007 by Routledge
216 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Developmental Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Adults outlines a new cognitive approach that combines existing CBT theory and strategies with a lifespan developmental psychopathology perspective.

The major focus is on the relationship between mastery of normative psycho-social developmental tasks and mental health. Primary targets for therapy are maladaptive developmental pathways that have significantly disrupted the client’s ability to cope with normal adult tasks and challenges.

The book builds on standard cognitive therapy models and techniques, while providing further assessment and therapy strategies to address patterns interfering with resolution of normative adult tasks and roles. It introduces several new developmental assessment and therapy strategies, designed to address client difficulties with normal adult developmental tasks and to identify longstanding maladaptive pathways maintaining these difficulties.

The book offers a variety of psycho-social developmental task difficulties in occupational, social, and family functioning. The clinical examples provide a deeper understanding of pathways to competence, as well as pathways to deviance, and the contrast between normal and atypical processes as they emerge at different developmental periods.

Table of Contents

Introducing the Developmental Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach. Developmental Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Assessment Strategies. Developmental Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention Strategies. Maladaptive Developmental Patterns Affecting Occupational Functioning. Maladaptive Developmental Patterns Affecting Social Functioning. Maladaptive Developmental Patterns Affecting Intimate Partner and Family Functioning.

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Janet Zarb, Ph.D., C. Psych., has provided cognitive therapy for clients of all ages for the past 30 years in hospital and community settings and in private practice.  For the past decade she has been using new Developmental Cognitive Therapy techniques in her work with clients with a wide variety of developmental task difficulties.  The current volume builds on her previous book, Cognitive Behavioral Assessment and Therapy with Adolescents.  Dr. Zarb is currently in private practice in Toronto, Canada.


"In these times of increasing longevity and increasing lifespan, Developmental Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Adults is a breath of fresh air with regard to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for middle-age and older age adults....Each chapter is packed with useful information that not only sets the required background for working with individuals across the life span but also indicates how these strategies can be invoked and employed. This is an excellent book that would make an excellent reference for those working with any segment of the developmental population from birth to later adulthood. This book is also appropriate for students with similar interests and could even serve as a graduate-level text.  Zarb has the necessary background (30+ years as a therapist) and that makes the book even more accessible and readable." - F. Richard Ferraro, in PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books