1st Edition

Innovations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Strategic Interventions for Creative Practice

By Amy Wenzel Copyright 2017
    228 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Innovations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides clinicians with a powerful arsenal of contemporary, creative, and innovative strategic interventions for use in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This book goes well beyond standard CBT texts by highlighting new developments in the field and advancing a new definition of CBT that reflects the field’s evolution. Throughout these pages, clinicians will find empirical research to back up recommended strategies and discussion of ways to translate this research into their clinical practice. Readers can also turn to the book’s website for valuable handouts, worksheets, and other downloadable tools.

    List of Figures

    List of Exhibits



    1. Evolution of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

    2. Case Conceptualization 

    3. Motivational Interviewing 

    4. Cognitive Restructuring of Automatic Thoughts 

    5. Cognitive Restructuring of Beliefs 

    6. Behavioral Activation 

    7. Exposure 

    8. Affect Management 

    9. Acceptance and Mindfulness 

    10. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Redux 




    Amy Wenzel, PhD, ABPP, is owner of Wenzel Consulting, LLC, clinical assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and adjunct faculty member at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is author or editor of twenty books and approximately one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is a certified trainer-consultant with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and trains and supervises clinicians internationally in their acquisition of cognitive behavioral therapy skills. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (now called Brain and Behavior Research Foundation). She has been featured in many American Psychological Association videos demonstrating cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety.


    "Wenzel’s text is an extraordinary achievement, summarizing the family of approaches that comprise CBT in a clear, concise, engaging manner. Wenzel honors the past (the roots of CBT theory, research, and practice), comprehensively reviews the present state of the field, and explores future directions. Her admirable volume embodies the concept of 'flexibility within fidelity' by elucidating how innovations occur through the study of the therapeutic relationship, case conceptualization, cross-cultural factors, and technological applications." 
    Cory F. Newman, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology in psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

    "Dr. Wenzel has written a thoroughly researched and incisive summary of contemporary developments in CBT. She has woven data, clinical applications, case material, and expert commentary into a readily understood comparison of traditional and innovative approaches. This book would be especially useful to clinicians who seek to expand the repertoire of evidence-based strategies they employ with patients. Most refreshing is the inclusion of information about what we don’t know—and what future research must explore."
    Donna M. Sudak, MD, professor of psychiatry, senior associate training director, director of psychotherapy training, past president, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, College of Medicine, Drexel University

    "Amy Wenzel is a wonderful story teller. Reading this book gives one the taste of going through the complexities of cognitive-behavior therapy in a very pleasant learning experience. I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy this book as though you were listening to a pleasant story of CBT innovations."
    Irismar Reis de Oliveira, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, Department of Neurosciences and Mental Health, Post Graduation Program, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

    "Innovations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Amy Wenzel deserves high praise for its original and truly integrative approach to CBT. This well-written and incisive text is replete with clinically rich descriptions of both enduring and recent evidence-based methods, and it will be valued by novice and expert therapists alike."
    Keith S. Dobson, PhD, professor of clinical psychology, University of Calgary

    "In this stimulating book, Dr. Amy Wenzel brings a fresh view to the practice of cognitive behavior therapy—the most scientifically evaluated psychotherapy. Through rich illustrations of clinical case material, the essential role of the cognitive case conceptualization is conveyed, along with the opportunity to have that conceptualization informed by concepts and theories from other modalities. The result is a rich illustration of contemporary CBT practice."
    Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD, program director of clinical psychology, director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit, Monash University, Australia, editor of Using Homework Assignments in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Routledge)