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James Bennett-Levy , Gillian Butler , Melanie Fennell , Ann Hackmann , Martina Mueller , David Westbrook , Khadj Rouf
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6 May 2004 0198529163 978-0198529163 1st
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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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198529163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198529163
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 15.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Westbrook is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and was Director of Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC) until June 2012, when he stepped down to spend more time on writing. Before training as a clinical psychologist he was a psychiatric nurse, eventually becoming the nurse in charge of a specialist behaviour therapy unit in London. This led on to an interest in cognitive therapy, which has included training from many of the world's leading CBT therapists. He has been practicing CBT for over 25 years and currently works part-time in OCTC, doing training, supervision and research; and part-time as an NHS clinician, providing a service for patients with severe and complex problems. He is BABCP-accredited as a therapist, supervisor and trainer.

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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)

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All authors are in the Department of Clinical Psychology, Warneford Hospital, Oxford.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The B in CBT 17 May 2008
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book!! 6 Nov 2011
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 14 Sep 2010
By C Green
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for trainee 12 Mar 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 14 July 2014
By K
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Essential CBT fodder.
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