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.
The development in the social sciences of qualitative methodologies such as grounded theory (Glaser and Strauss 1967) has been a response to the need for a systematic method for building theories from data.
This approach may be contrasted with the behaviour therapy approach, in which exposure is seen as the key strategy and prevention of avoidance responses and habituation of fear as the predominant mechanisms.
... which encompass changes in behavioural, cognitive, emotional, and physical responses. The most direct pathway to create this change is to arrange for 'experiences in which new or modified models are created' (Teasdale 1997, p. 90).
... play) are particularly useful when patients are wary of making changes in real life, when the real situation is rare, or when an opportunity is needed to try out a range of different responses in order to discover which works best.
If the therapist conducts the survey, it is helpful to audiotape responses rather than simply writing them down. This increases the credibility of the data as the patient hears not only what people say, but also their tone of voice.
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