1st Edition

Specialized Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder An Expert Clinician Guidebook

By Debbie Sookman Copyright 2016
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    Specialized Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an expert clinician guide for administration of evidence-based specialized cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for obsessive compulsive disorder and its subtypes. This book focuses on strategies to identify and resolve complex and varied reasons for resistance to CBT and to optimize symptom remission, generalize improvement, and forestall relapse during treatment for OCD. The interventions discussed build upon and elaborate the clinical and research work of other OCD experts, clinicians and researchers in the field of cognitive therapy, and are based on the author’s own research and clinical experience as an internationally known expert treating thousands of OCD patients. Criteria are outlined for symptom recovery and for treatment resistance in the context of optimal evidence-based specialized CBT delivery. Featuring treatment models and illustrative case studies, this book is a necessary addition to the library of mental health professionals who work with patients suffering from OCD.

    Chapter 1: Phenomenology and Description of OCD Subtypes
    Chapter 2: Criteria for and Description of an Optimal Trial of Empirically-based ERP, CT, and Behavioral Experiments for OCD subtypes
    Chapter 3: Intervention and Individual Reasons for Resistance to Specialized CBT for OCD
    Chapter 4: Strategies, Steps for Application, and Aspects of Resistance to ERP
    Chapter 5: Strategies, Steps for Application, and Aspects of Resistance to Cognitive Therapy and Behavioral Experiments
    Chapter 6: Schema Focused Cognitive Therapy for OCD Subtypes: Indications, Description, and Clinical Illustrations
    Chapter 7: Strategies for Treatment Interfering Behaviors and Skills Difficulties
    Chapter 8: Family and Interpersonal Interventions
    Chapter 9: Strategies for Complex Cases, Limited Insight, and Co-morbid Conditions
    Chapter 10: Frequently Asked Questions by Therapists
    Chapter 11: Summary, Conclusions, and Indications for Future Research


    Debbie Sookman, PhD, is Director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic, Department of Psychology, McGill University Health Centre, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and President of The Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (CIOCD, www.ciocd.ca). Dr. Sookman is an internationally known expert in specialty assessment and treatment for OCD and Related Disorders and is a Fellow and Certified Trainer/Consultant of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, USA. 

    "I strongly recommend this expert clinical guide to the psychological treatment of obsessive compulsive disorders. The depth of Dr. Sookman’s clinical experience and her command of the literature are evident in the thorough coverage of  assessment procedures, how to optimize the effects of therapy and deal with problems. The numerous case illustrations are well-chosen and clearly described."--S. Rachman, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, London University, and University of British Columbia.

    "Specialized Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: An Expert Clinician Guidebook by Dr. Debbie Sookman is an outstanding contribution to the science and clinical practice related to the full range of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is an excellent book in every way imaginable. Clearly written and organized, Sookman provides a critical and scholarly review of the state of the art on OCD.

    Every researcher and clinician can benefit from this superb book. The reader benefits from the considerable clinical experience and scholarship that Dr Sookman possesses, while learning specific and powerful tools in helping those who suffer from OCD. Case examples illustrate the importance of conceptualization and the value of empirically supported treatments. I am particularly impressed that Sookman was able to balance such sophistication in her critical and scientific understanding of OCD, while still writing a clear and concise book on the topic. This is a book I will recommend to both beginning clinicians in training and to seasoned researchers and practitioners."--Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

    "Dr. Sookman's book is a remarkable compilation of the current literature on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).   Dr. Sookman emphasizes the need for evidence based treatments and elaborates what these are, how specialty cognitive behavior therapy interventions are best applied, their efficacy rates and the reasons for failure.  Case illustrations make this guidebook especially compelling.  I strongly recommend this expert guidebook to everyone who is interested in OCD."--Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP, Director of the Bio-Behavioral Institute, Great Neck, NY and author of numerous books including, Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, both OCD Spectrum Disorders.