Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy
Behavioural experiments are one of the central and most powerful methods of intervention in cognitive therapy. Yet until now, there has been no volume specifically dedicated to guiding physicians who wish to design and implement behavioural experiments across a wide range of clinical problems. The Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy fills this gap. It is written by clinicians for clinicians. It is a practical, easy to read handbook, which is relevant for practising clinicians at every level, from trainees to cognitive therapy supervisors. Following a foreword by David Clark, the first two chapters provide a theoretical and practical background for the understanding and development of behavioural experiments. Thereafter, the remaining chapters of the book focus on particular problem areas. These include problems which have been the traditional focus of cognitive therapy (e.g. depression, anxiety disorders), as well as those which have only more recently become a subject of study (bipolar disorder, psychotic symptoms), and some which are still in their relative infancy (physical health problems, brain injury). The book also includes several chapters on transdiagnostic problems, such as avoidance of affect, low self-esteem, interpersonal issues, and self-injurious behaviour. A final chapter by Christine Padesky provides some signposts for future development. Containing examples of over 200 behavioural experiments, this book will be of enormous practical value for all those involved in cognitive behavioural therapy, as well as stimulating exploration and creativity in both its readers and their patients.
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Once the experiment has been completed, 'therapist and patient... evaluate the results of the experiment ... consider various interpretations ... and compare the actual results with the patient's predictions based on the original ...
The reader will find here an impressive compendium of commonly used behavioural experiments, along with practical guidance in how to set up the experiments and how to discuss the results with patients. As the authors point out (see ...
However, results from some initial outcome trials (e.g. bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder) appear promising (Gillespie et al. 2002; Lam et al. 2000). A recent development, reflected to some extent in the present volume, ...
Just as in scientific experiments, the impact of the BE may depend on how well we are able to control contaminating variables, which may muddy the waters and make interpretation of the results ambiguous. Also, as in the wider world of ...
Such results are consistent with multi-level theories suggesting that emotionally/experientially acquired information is likely to have a more widespread impact on cognition, emotion, and behaviour, than purely verbal information.
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