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.
In particular, the task is set up in such a way that it can be agreed that if the assumption is correct, X will happen, whereas if the assumption is incorrect, some other outcome will occur. Once the experiment has been completed, ...
In addition, the experiment is only likely to produce substantial cognitive change if the outcomes that would support different hypotheses are clearly operationalized, the results of the experiment are carefully reviewed, and the extent ...
... laid plans cannot cover every possibility. Unpredictable events intrude, and experiments do not always turn out the way those who devise them might imagine. Sometimes fortune shines, and there are unexpectedly serendipitous outcomes ...
Cognitive models have been developed for a wide range of disorders, and outcome research has repeatedly demonstrated their effectiveness (DeRubeis and Crits–Christoph 1998; Hollon and Beck 2003). Although it is now commonplace to talk ...
... advance most fruitfully through systematic empirical research Outcome studies of behaviour therapy in the 1960s and 1970s showed considerable promise, particularly in the treatment of phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
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