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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... goal setting, short-term treatment, graded task assignment); and perhaps most importantly in the present context, he recognized that behaviour change is a particularly powerful means of achieving cognitive and affective change.
They may be functional (e.g. 'I can usually manage difficulties', 'People generally mean well even if sometimes they get it wrong', 'Most problems have solutions') or dysfunctional (e.g. 'I'm incompetent', 'Others can handle things, ...
Guided discovery, a means of helping patients uncover important information which may lie outside of their current awareness, is central to all approaches (Beck et al. 1979; Padesky 1993a). Some therapeutic strategies have been ...
Second, the BE's focus on behaviour followed behaviour therapy's lead—albeit with a new focus on cognition—in recognizing that doing things differently is a powerful means to change both cognition and affect. Again, this represented a ...
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Acquired brain injury
Avoidance of affect
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