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Ultra-Brief Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
A New Practice Model for Mental Health and Integrated Care

ISBN 9780815385066
Published May 9, 2019 by Routledge
348 Pages

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Book Description

Ultra-Brief Cognitive Behavioral Interventions showcases a new practice model to address both physical and psychological health issues in mental health and integrated care settings, utilizing focused interventions in brief treatment formats.

This unique text offers a toolkit of effective interventions and methods – including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods that can be used in a very brief time frame of 10–20 minutes – that can be quickly and efficiently applied to ameliorate specific symptoms. The 20 most common interventions in short-term therapy practiced in mental health and integrated care settings are illustrated in session transcriptions of the full course of focused therapy, with common presentations such as depression, anxiety and acute distress, pain, sleep problems, and weight problems.

This book prepares emerging and experienced counselors and therapists to provide short-term therapy for their clients and equips them with the necessary skills to meet the challenges facing mental health care today and in the future.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Introduction  Part I: Ultra-Brief Interventions and the Cutting Edge of Clinical Practice  1. Ultra-Brief Interventions in Mental Health and Integrated Care Practice  2. 20 Key Ultra-Brief Interventions in Mental Health and Integrated Care Practice  3. Brief Assessment in Mental Health and Integrated Care Practice  4. Pattern-Focused Therapy in Mental Health and Integrated Care Practice  Part II: Application of Ultra-Brief Interventions  5. Ultra-Brief Interventions with Depression  6. Ultra-Brief Interventions with Anxiety and Trauma  7. Ultra-Brief Interventions with Chronic Pain and Medication Misuse  8. Ultra-Brief Interventions with Sleep Problems  9. Ultra-Brief Interventions with Weight Problems  10. Ultra-Brief Interventions with Diabetes  Appendices  Appendix A: Screening Instruments  Appendix B: Patient Handouts  Index

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Len Sperry, MD, PhD , is a professor at Florida Atlantic University with extensive experience in mental health and integrated care settings. His 1000+ publications include: Behavioral Health and Treating Chronic Medical Conditions: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies and Integrative Protocols.


Vassilia Binensztok, PhD , is an instructor at Florida Atlantic University who has trained and coached mental health professionals in case conceptualization and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches, with an emphasis on ultra-brief cognitive behavioral interventions.


"In Ultra-Brief Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, Drs. Sperry and Binensztok offer a remarkably timely, practical, and important contribution for students and health and mental health professionals. In our current and future health care marketplace clinicians need to be able to provide very brief, evidence based, practical, and efficacious treatments for their clients and patients and this book will help them to do so. It highlights the most common clinical presentation: mood, sleep, eating, and pain problems. This is one of those books that should be in the hands of all clinicians and I’m sure that my copy will be worn out rather quickly."
Thomas G. Plante, PhD, Santa Clara University & Stanford University Medical School

"Ultra-Brief Cognitive Behavioral Interventions is unique in that it presents an effective way to implement rapid evidence-based treatments using an innovative approach called Pattern Focused Therapy. The book is a gold-mine of CBT techniques clearly defined with explicit examples that will enable readers to quickly master the approach. Tables outlining specific assessment questions for a wide variety of client problems are provided along with practical worksheets for homework assignments. If you want to learn how to become a more effective therapist, read this book!"
Brian A. Gerrard, PhD, Western Institute for Social Research & University of San Francisco