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The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

A Personal and Professional Journey with Don Meichenbaum, 1st Edition

By Donald Meichenbaum


246 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Personal and Professional Journey with Don Meichenbaum explores the "untold story" of how Cognitive Behavior Therapy emerged and discusses the controversies encountered along the way. This volume will feature a personal account of Don Meichenbaum's contributions from his initial work on self-instructional training with schizophrenics and impulsive children, through his work on stress inoculation training, and his most recent works with traumatized individuals. These previously published papers are complemented with updated papers and accompanying commentary.


“This is a must read for every psychotherapist and others working in health and behavioral healthcare. Don Meichenbaum, a founder of cognitive-behavior therapy, is a critical force in the field of psychotherapy and the clinical science of behavior change. With his unique wisdom and wit, Don Meichenbaum shares his thinking style and the creative and scientific process he brings to the science and practice of cognitive-behavior therapy. In this era of evidence-based treatment, this volume offers a much-needed perspective on how to develop, evaluate, and apply our science to improve lives and reduce suffering. “—Joan Asarnow, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

“Dr. Meichenbaum is one of the giants of CBT. His work on self-directed learners, stress inoculation training and promoting resilience, the development of a constructive narrative perspective for anger, pain management, PTSD and suicidality, and his conceptualization of core tasks for therapists are essential. A veritable research encyclopedia as well as a committed clinician, he is brilliant, innovative, and passionate. Reading these papers is a treat. Highly recommended!”—Michael F. Hoyt, PhD, author/editor, Brief Therapy and Beyond, Some Stories Are Better than Others, The Handbook of Constructive Therapies, and Therapist Stories of Inspiration, Passion, and Renewal: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“Just when I think I have learned everything there is to be learned from Don Meichenbaum’s treasure house of clinical wisdom, I find more. This collection of articles offers all of us, from graduate student to senior clinician, gem after gem from one of the masters. His “Evolution" is not to be missed.”—David B. Wexler, PhD, executive director, Relationship Training Institute; author, When Good Men Behave Badly and Men In Therapy

“Imagine having the fortune of being mentored by a leading thinker, practitioner, and researcher in the field of psychology. The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy provides just that experience, taking you on a personal and professional journey with Dr. Don Meichenbaum, one of the pioneers of cognitive-behavioral therapy and a clinician rated one of the 10 most influential of the century.”—Scott D. Miller, PhD, director, International Center for Clinical Excellence

Table of Contents

Citation for Articles Prologue About the Author Section I: Origins: “Stories” of a Personal and Professional Journey Article 1. At my mother’s kitchen table: who are we, but the stories we tell? Article 2. Changing conceptions of cognitive behavior modifications: retrospect and prospect. Section II: The Development and Implementation of Self Instructional Training Article 3. Training schizophrenics to talk to themselves: A means of developing attentional controls. Donald Meichenbaum and Roy Cameron Article 4. Training impulsive children to talk to themselves: A means of developing self-control Donald Meichenbaum and Joseph Goodman Article 5. Teaching thinking: A cognitive behavioral perspective Article 6. The nature and nurture of the self-directed learner Andrew Biemiller and Donald Meichenbaum Section III: The Development and Application of Stress Inoculation Training Article 7. Stress inoculation training: A preventative and treatment approach Article 8. Anger management Article 9. A cognitive—behavioral approach to pain management Dennis C. Turk and Donald Meichenbaum Section IV: Trauma, Resilience and Recovery Article 10. Resilience and posttraumatic growth: a constructive narrative perspective Article 11. Bolstering resilience: Benefiting from lessons learned. Section V: Core Tasks of Psychotherapy: What “Expert” Therapists Do Article 12. Core Tasks of Psychotherapy: What Expert Therapists Do Article 13. The Therapeutic Relationship as a Common Factor: Implications for Trauma Therapy Section VI: Working with Suicidal Patients: Lessons Learned Article 14. 35 Years of Working with Suicidal Patients: Lessons Learned Appendix Article 15. Every parents’ worst nightmare. Section VII: A Look to the Future Article 16. Ways to Improve Political Decision-Making: Negotiating Errors to be avoided Section VIII: References

About the Author

Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Cananda. He is currently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, Florida. He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and was also voted "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the twentieth century." He has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology

Supplementary List of Online Follow-Up Articles