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Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy

A Manual for Clinicians, 1st Edition

By Irismar Reis de Oliveira


208 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy presents a model that, although still inherently Beckian, organizes known cognitive and behavioral techniques in a step-by-step fashion in order to make cognitive therapy easier for the new therapist to learn, easier for patients to understand, and simpler to implement. Based on and backed up by a series of published studies, Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy lays out structured strategies for changing core beliefs about the self, and its clear, coherent, integrative conceptualization of psychopathology is presented as an easy-to-remember case-formulation model that is useful for both the therapist and the client. This book introduces a new approach, the Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy (TBCT), whose main technique, the Trial-Based Thought Record (TBTR), is a structured strategy to change core beliefs about the self and is presented as a law-centered analogy in which the therapist engages the client in a simulation of the judicial process. Perfect for psychotherapists at any level, Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy presents a balanced blend of theory advancement, scientific scrutiny of a new method, and practical application.

Table of Contents

Series Editor Introduction Bret Moore Foreword Stephen Stahl Introduction Session 1. Introducing the Cognitive Model to the Patient Session 2. Introducing the Cognitive Distortions Questionnaire Session 3. Changing Dysfunctional Automatic Thoughts Session 4. Assessing and Changing Underlying Assumptions Session 5. Changing Negatice Core Beliefs with Trial I Session 6. Trial I in the Appeal Format Session 7. Trial I to Change a Second Core Belief Session 8. Trial I in the Appeal Format to Change a Second Core Belief Session 9. Changing Multiple Negative Core Beliefs with Trial I Session 10. Trial-Based Metacognitive Awareness (Trial II) Session 11. Relaxation and the Sailboat Metaphor Session 12. Trial-Based Participation Assessment (Trial III) Conclusion Appendix. Blank Diagrams and Forms to Be Used with Patients References Index

About the Author/Editor

Irismar Reis de Oliveira, MD, PhD, is a professor in the department of neurosciences and mental health at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Dr. de Oliveira maintains a private practice and is the editor of Standard and Innovative Strategies in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and coeditor of Integrating Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology.

About the Series

Clinical Topics in Psychology and Psychiatry

Much of the available information relevant to mental health clinicians is buried in large and disjointed academic textbooks and expensive and obscure scientific journals. Consequently, it can be challenging for the clinician and student to access the most useful information related to practice. Clinical Topics in Psychology and Psychiatry includes authored and edited books that identify and distill the most relevant information for practitioners and presents the material in an easily accessible format that appeals to the psychology and psychiatry student, intern or resident, early career psychologist or psychiatrist, and the busy clinician. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General