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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Mental Health Care Paperback – 10 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (10 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761941428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761941422
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr Alec Grant is Reader in Narrative Mental Health in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Brighton. He qualified as a mental health nurse in the mid-1970s and went on to study psychology, social science and psychotherapy. He is widely published in the fields of ethnography, autoethnography, narrative inquiry, clinical supervision, cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, and communication and interpersonal skills. His current and developing scholarly interests coalesce broadly in the area of narrative research, and postmodern and poststructural developments in qualitative inquiry, in mental health and other healthcare areas.


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Since the birth of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) many texts have been written appealing to professionals working in the psychiatric and psychological services. These have often been conducted following extensive research combined with practical applications and attempt to address the differing diagnostic disorders found in psychiatry. However, since the evidence base for CBT has been firmly established and its practice widely used within the field of mental health, many texts have fallen short of appealing to a wide range of professionals working in the various environments found in the services.
What this book offers the reader is a refreshing digression from the usual nomothetic treatment manuals so often found in the field of CBT. The application of interventions for different disorders are illustrated in a manner that integrates theory and practice on a level the reader can easily identify with. The authors appear to empathically replace the jargonistic terms so often found in this field and utilise terms that relate to the individual's problem. This subsequently de-stigmatises the often-confusing diagnostic terminology found in the psychiatric and psychological services by focusing on language that relates to the problem rather than the disorder.
The forwards written by two eminent leaders in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy both echo the growth of this effective psychological intervention for an increasing number of psychological problems. The authors who contributed to this book have not only focused on these psychological problems but have reflected on the context of differing environments found in the psychiatric services such as Assertive Outreach and the Forensic settings.
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I'm an accredited CBT therapist and bought this book largely based on the five star review I read on Amazon.

All I can say is the book is a bit optimistic and tries to take an 'objective' view of CBT and its limits whilst at the same time appearing to do what the hard-sellers of CBT are doing.

CBT is on everyone's lips at the moment and, as a nurse CBT therapist (and a trained psychotherapist) myself, who has also worked in various mental health settings over the years, the book is a bit academic and not too informative. The hard-sell approach to CBT via the Layard report and NICE guidelines, like this book, neglects to really tackle those client's experiences that don't fit into the model of changing thoughts and behaviours. I'm the first to admit that what I offer clients won't touch the really deep stuff and I know a lot of clients can't stand the CBT model.

Whilst at the moment it's great for CBT business to have veryone clamouring for our services(I've never had so much work!) it's unfair on psychotherapists and CBT therapists to suggest that because CBT has produced fairly basic evidence (what this book claims to be "the gold standard"), that somehow it can deal with every diagnosis in every setting. It simply can't and should not be promoted in that way.

I'm sorry to be a damp-rag reviewer, but it's a lot of money for a pretty mediocre text. Sorry.
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This is a disappointing read. I was especially disappointed by the level of understanding of recovery approaches and the expertise of people who use services and the chapter on assertive outreach. A better intro, despite it being older, is Hawton etal. I write this as BABCP accredited cognitive behaviour therapist.
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This is a very thorough introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It supplies the reader with an overview of the origins of the approach (as formulated by Dr Aaron T Beck) before going on to describe in detail how it might be applied in a wide variety of situations.

The book is to be commended for its clarity and detail, but unfortunately it is let down by an almost evangelical zeal for CBT. Reading this book made me think of a certain novelty song from the 1960s ('Lilly the Pink'), because CBT is effectively promoted as a 'medicinal compound' which is 'most efficacious in every case'! If this text is to be believed, CBT offers THE solution for people with anxiety, depression, violent tendencies, borderline personality disorder, delusions/hallucinations - and much more besides!

In fairness, some criticisms of CBT are addressed, such as the fact that the systems for assessing evidence-based approaches (like CBT) are not value-free, and therefore don't achieve the standards espoused by the scientific method. Another concern is that some individuals undergoing CBT might see it as judgemental, condemning the way they think as inadequate (as well as their behaviours), and thus contributing to a lack of self-esteem. Unfortunately, all such concerns are quickly (or not-so-quickly) minimised and swept away.

Despite some reservations, I recommend this book. It is invaluable for anyone wishing to master CBT techniques at an introductory to intermediate level - or for anyone else who just wants to learn about how the approach works. However, readers should not let the authors persuade them to 'buy into' CBT unquestioningly.

(Incidentally, I studied this book while working towards a diploma qualification in CBT - I am not, however, a CBT practitioner.)
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