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Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research, and Therapy by [Beck, Aaron T., Rector, Neil A., Stolar, Neal, Grant, Paul]
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"Synthesizing research on the psychology and biology of schizophrenia, Beck et al. show how a cognitive approach can be used to understand and treat even the most severely ill patient. This book is a masterpiece that challenges conventional thinking and describes one of the most exciting developments in psychiatry today. It is essential reading for all mental health professionals."--Richard Bentall, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Bangor, UK
 
"This volume offers a window into the world of an individual with schizophrenia by revealing how disturbed neurobiology can cause normal thought processes to evolve into psychosis. The authors describe how both clinicians and patients can better understand schizophrenia symptoms using CBT--and how the process of doing so can be powerfully therapeutic."--Stephen R. Marder, MD, Professor and Director, Section on Psychosis, Semel Institute, UCLA
 
"Beck and his colleagues have done it again! This book is simply outstanding. It begins with a very clear and insightful overview of our scientific understanding of the etiology of schizophrenia, offers detailed analyses of the cognitive underpinnings of psychotic symptoms, and then outlines specific approaches for tailoring cognitive techniques to treat these symptoms. Unlike many authors who address schizophrenia treatment, Beck et al. clearly link science with treatment strategies. I plan to use this book as the primary text in my seminars on clinical treatment."--Elaine F. Walker, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Emory University
 
"The time has assuredly come for all clinicians working with persons with schizophrenia to become well acquainted with cognitive therapy for psychosis. Beck's decades of experience and wisdom are clearly reflected in this book. The cognitive conceptualizations of delusions, hallucinations, negative symptoms, and formal thought disorder are especially compelling and will provide critical new insights for both trainees and seasoned clinicians. This is an important addition to the library of any clinician committed to supporting recovery in persons with schizophrenia."--Shirley M. Glynn, PhD, Research Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA

"Beck et al. have written the rare book that succeeds in wedding theory, research, and practice into a cohesive conceptual framework. The book provides an integrated theoretical model that accounts for the disparate symptoms of schizophrenia. These theoretical foundations are complemented by excellent, detailed clinical guidelines, vignettes, sample dialogues, and useful tools. An outstanding resource for researchers and clinicians who want to better understand the role of cognitive factors in schizophrenia and its treatment."--Kim T. Mueser, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

"Many of the puzzling and vexing symptoms of schizophrenia are largely untouched by existing psychosocial and psychopharmacological treatments. Beck and his colleagues present an integrated, empirically based theory of the disorder which provides the foundation for identifying effective therapeutic strategies. Logically presented, scholarly, and generously illustrated with case examples, this book will serve as a practical guide for practitioners seeking to improve their effectiveness, as well as program leaders seeking to augment the continuum of care for this population. I strongly recommend this text for graduate and professional training programs in psychiatry, clinical psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, and psychiatric rehabilitation."--Gary R. Bond, PhD, Chancellor's Professor of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

"This is the most comprehensive and yet lucidly written book on cognitive theory and therapy of schizophrenia I have ever read. That's no surprise, given that Beck pioneered the development of cognitive-behavioral therapy for schizophrenia. What is remarkable here is the optimal balance between breadth (from biology and pharmacology to psychology and social services) and depth (detailed understanding of cognitive deficits and their treatment). The book is 'must' reading for anyone interested in schizophrenia, from the pre- or postdoctoral student to the teacher, clinician, or researcher. Everyday case examples and direct quotes from actual therapy sessions, combined with relevant rating scales, research findings, and a detailed bibliography, make this volume a one-stop source for all the necessary information in this area."--Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego

"This book represents a major advance in the application of cognitive theory and therapy. It is fitting that the founder of cognitive therapy is now pioneering its use with people with schizophrenia, who were once thought to be virtually untreatable. The authors provide a groundbreaking integration of neurobiological and cognitive-behavioral approaches to understanding the disorder and improving patients' lives. Unique contributions of the book include the descriptions of cognitive distortions and cognitive triads specific to schizophrenia and the development of cognitive models of thought disorder and negative symptoms, which have been neglected until now."--Tony Morrison, ClinPsyD, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Associate Director of Early Intervention, University of Manchester, UK

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"This book represents a major advance in the application of cognitive theory and therapy. It is fitting that the founder of cognitive therapy is now pioneering its use with people with schizophrenia, who were once thought to be virtually untreatable. The authors provide a groundbreaking integration of neurobiological and cognitive-behavioral approaches to understanding the disorder and improving patients' lives. Unique contributions of the book include the descriptions of cognitive distortions and cognitive triads specific to schizophrenia and the development of cognitive models of thought disorder and negative symptoms, which have been neglected until now." - Tony Morrison, University of Manchester, UK

"Synthesizing research on the psychology and biology of schizophrenia, Beck et al. show how a cognitive approach can be used to understand and treat even the most severely ill patient. This book is a masterpiece that challenges conventional thinking and describes one of the most exciting developments in psychiatry today. It is essential reading for all mental health professionals." - Richard Bentall, University of Bangor, Wales, UK

"The major achievement of [this book]... can... be seen in the integration of cognitive-behavioral and biological knowledge into a conceptual framework. This is achieved by comprehensively examining various domains of research on the origins, development, and maintenance of key symptoms... Four detailed chapters provide cognitive conceptualizations of delusions, hallucinations, negative symptoms, and formal thought disorder. These conceptualizations reflect the careful thinking of talented clinicians who have immersed themselves in their subject and achieved valuable insights... The chapters on treatment... offer concrete and detailed guidance for addressing each type of symptom, complete with case examples. They reflect the authors’ considerable experience disseminating this therapeutic approach and I expect even experienced clinicians to find them extremely helpful... It is fascinating to be reminded in this book of how much research in schizophrenia has expanded over the last decades. By bringing together a lot of this research and generating new ideas, this book is sure to add to further major developments in our ideas about schizophrenia." - Tania M. Lincoln, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 68, 2010


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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1609182383
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (29 Oct. 2008)
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  • Language: English
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This book offers a very thorough account of the processes involved in the development, maintenance, and treatment of schizophrenia. Despite the breadth and depth of the concepts involved, the use of analogies and vignettes ensures it remains eminently comprehensible for laymen and nursing students such as myself. The theories and concepts proved to be a revelation and have gone some way to answering the many questions I have regarding this fascinating disorder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book to read if treating schizophrenia, or if you're just researching 30 Oct. 2013
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Let's be clear, this is a book not written for the lay person. This is a serious clinical text, and it is on the cutting edge of schizophrenia treatment. This book does an amazing job of advancing the idea that there are therapeutic steps that can be taken, aside from/in addition to psychotropic medication. Unfortunately, this is not as widely-held an idea as perhaps it should be, and I point those who make the argument that "nothing but meds work" towards this book (as well as another by Kingdon and Turkington, though this one is more up to date).

This book does well to point out the research on the heterogeneous factors for underlying etiology of the disorder, as well as clear cognitive conceptualizations for many of the most common symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, etc.). In addition, it provides guidelines for how one might begin to conduct therapy with this population. If you are to pick up one book on the treatment of this horrid disorder, this is the one to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mastery! 24 Oct. 2009
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Beck et al. not only provide an excellent, clinically oriented assessment of CBT, but they also provide an incredible discussion on the pathology, etiology, & neuropsychiatry of schizophrenia that I've never before seen. It is clear, concise, and very easy to understand. Other authors tend to get wrapped up in the minutia of neuropsychiatry, but not these! I was amazed at how much better I understood schizophrenia after reading just the first few opening chapters.
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Very systematic & clearly presented material.
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