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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First, and most importantly, we would like to acknowledge those who carried out the experiments and contributed to their design—our patients. This book would not exist without their courage, perseverance, and creativity.
... 5 Distinctive difficulties in carrying out behavioural experiments with this population 6 Other relevant chapters 7 ... a prediction is made, the experiment is carried out, the results are noted, and through a process of reflection, ...
It is therefore surprising that there is remarkably little written about BEs: about their place in cognitive therapy, their value, or about the practicalities of designing and carrying out BEs. It is this gap that the present book seeks ...
These theories suggest that BEs may provide more powerful subjective evidence for cognitive, affective, and behavioural change than purely verbal strategies, because carrying out experiments means being involved in practical activities ...
Indeed, it provides such a useful structure for describing the steps involved in setting up, carrying out, and learning from BEs that we have adopted it as the organizing framework for Chapter 2. Although adult learning theory comes ...
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