Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Science and Practice, 2) Paperback – 8 Jul 2004
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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)
About the Author
Gillian Butler is a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She practices with the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust.
Dr. Melanie Fennell is Course Director in Cognitive Therapy for qualified healthcare professionals at the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry.
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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.
Arrived promptly. No concerns with delivery.
Would really recommend this book.
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