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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198529163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198529163
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For anyone new coming into CBT, this book provides a wealth of learning and practical advice along with tried and trusted behavioural experiments for all the most common thinking distortions across all the major presenting problems common in everyday practice. Behavioural experiments are one of the mainstays and most powerful methods of intervention in cognitive therapy, so a book devoted to this one subject is well overdue and more than welcome. (European Eating Disorders Review, Vol 15)

Books like this are few and far between. It works as an accessible introduction to the practice of contemporary CBT, an overview of the most useful cognitive models of psychological disorders, and a unique reference book for finding out practical instructions and creative inspirations. (Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, Vol 33)

This new text... will attract interest both as a very valuable addition to the teaching and training resources in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and is the first book to emerge from the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre subsequent to the departure of Professors Clark and Salkovskis to London. The volume is produced by the group of research clinicians who carried out the clinical trials and research work in developing cognitive therapy for anxiety disorders at Oxford... Both the wealth of clinical experience within a research framework and their teaching expertise are evident from this publication... In total, the book represents a considerable achievement and a tribute to the extent of CBT expertise within Oxford and the ability of this extended team to worktogether within a coherent framework. (British Journal of Clinical Psychology)

Each chapter follows a systematic structure, making the book extremely accessible for the busy clinician who will find it easy to use as a resource in the clinic... It becomes apparent that in the hands of the Oxford group, the behavioural experiment becomes a very flexible tool, applicable to more open-ended enquiry as well as precise disconfirmation of predictions and capable of having impact upon all levels of cognition from the specific to the most general and abstract... The book has a much more clinical feel than many other CBT texts: the balance between theory and practice is much more weighted towards the latter; there is more acknowledgement of difficulties and complexities presented by patients in real life and therefore the attitude conveyed showsmore humility in the face of such difficulties, making frequent references to therapists' needs for supervision, and so forth, while still conveying enthusiasm and optimism. (British Journal of Clinical Psychology)

This book offers an excellent practical guide in how to carry out effective behavioural experiments... I am glad that I will have [it] on my bookshelf and I foresee using it with profit for the rest of my professional career. If you have only a limited budget for professional books, I would certainly recommend this one as a useful one to own. (Clinical Psychology)

An enjoyable and stimulating read with lots of useful insights. (The Psychologist)

This book is easy to read with clearly structured chapters set out in a consistent format that will appeal to new and experienced therapists alike, and will be invaluable in both the practice of CT and the delivery of training in it. (BABCP Magazine)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Martin E. Sugg on 17 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
Whilst Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may be all the rage it must be acknowledged that the Behavioural bit often seems to be playing second or even third fiddle to the Cognitive bit of the title. Yet when it comes to that classic therapeutic comment "I understand what you're saying but it doesn't feel right?" otherwise known as the 'head/heart divide' you can't beat a good behavioural experiment: or as better therapists have said 'you don't have to believe me, test me'. This invaluable book (I know it has been said before) really is one of a kind, written by some of the best CBT practitioners currently working in the UK it is a resource that any therapist should have to hand. Covering a wide range of psychological disorders/ difficulties that clients present with; it offers practical, robust experiments that can be collaboratively agreed upon with the client to explore, challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs, schemas and outcome predictions that are causing the individual psychological distress. A gem of a book. One of the few on the bookshelf in my practice which really is dog eared and in regular use (and so often 'borrowed' by colleagues of all therapeutic persuasions I should put a chain on it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Kelly on 18 April 2010
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I bought this book as I was working with a patient with needle phobia and had been unable to find a good conceptualisation specific to this elsewhere. This book has this and clear, detailed guidance on the key interventions and cognitions important in this area, as well as theoretical and some statistical information about each disorder (prevalence, etc). Having looked at the other chapters they appear to be equally clear and helpful.

Clearly a major reason for buying this book is for guidance on appropriate behavioural experiments and these are indeed very helpful. My reason for not giving 5 stars is that the experiments on phobias weren't exactly what I needed (not quite relevant to my client's problem) - having said that it gave me enough ideas to create my own experiments and there was a good range included. They can't include everything!

My absolute favourite parts of the book are the 'tales from the front line' stories of experiments not going quite to plan at the end of each chapter. In fact they are so entertaining that I went through the book reading all of these first! Some of them are about subjects I have wondered, "What would I do if that happened?" which is useful.

I would definitely recommend this book to both CBT trainees and to experienced practitioners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AngieW on 6 Nov 2011
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This book is excellent for those studying on any of the IAPT courses especially if you are having to present videos for change methods. It goes through a lot of the most common presentations and how to carry out a behavioural experiment for each, unfortunately, if your client does not fit into one of the common presentations then it's not as good but can give you an idea of how you might set up your own based on the guidance it offers. Anyone on a CBT course will really enjoy having this book in their collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sallyann Eanor on 12 Mar 2010
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This book is an excellant book for anyone with an interest in CBT. It is easy to read, well referenced and evidence based. Giving lots of clinincal examples for many disorders. It is a good practical guide for behavioural experiments and would recommend this for any CBT trainee but I think I'll still refer to this once an experienced therapist.
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Would really recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Mirea on 6 Nov 2010
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If you have been attending one my courses... Yes... you are looking at the right web-page, this book is definitely on your reading list!!! You probably wont regret adding this manual to your collection. Enjoy the reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C Green on 14 Sep 2010
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I found the book very readable, practical, useful, and wish I had found it earlier. I have been practising CBT for 8 years and have lots of books and resources, and this is now a favourite and I am sure it will be for many years.
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By K on 14 July 2014
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Essential CBT fodder.
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