Clinician's Handbook for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Inference-Based Therapy

Clinician's Handbook for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Inference-Based Therapy

Clinician's Handbook for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Inference-Based Therapy

Clinician's Handbook for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Inference-Based Therapy

Synopsis

This book is the first to bring together new research to offer a hands-on clinical guide to treating people with all types of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) using an inference-based therapy (IBT).
  • Provides clinical examples from the full range of OCD subtypes
  • Coverage integrates theory and application
  • Decribes case management in detail - from initial assessment to terminating therapy and follow-up
  • Shows how IBT can also be generalized and applied to other serious psychiatric disorders

Excerpt

This clinician handbook provides the most comprehensive clinician guide so far for the application of inference-based therapy (IBT) to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It complements our previous book Beyond Reasonable Doubt which remains the base source text for the philosophical and reasoning theory underpinning of the inference-based approach (IBA) and the therapy programme (IBT) that derives from it. In the 5 intervening years since its publication, IBT has considerably expanded its reach in therapeutic work. This expansion largely stems from empirical research and replication of IBA principles in the literature, the clinical adaptation of IBT to diverse OCD and related populations and also from our own evolving conceptualization of OCD primarily as a reasoning disorder.

We do allude to this philosophical and research base in the text and provide support references for the curious and scientific minded. However, the target audience of this current handbook is the therapist-client dyad collaboratively engaged in IBT in clinical and non-clinical settings. It is hence a hands-on clinical how-to-do-it book. We have slow-motioned the course of therapy to hopefully permit an errorless and timely passage through all the steps of the programme. The text enables the therapist to identify key transition points in client thinking and behaviour, clear criteria for mapping client progress and sign posts for precisely locating the ‘Where am I now?’, ‘How did I get here?’ and ‘What happens next?’ for most eventualities arising in the therapeutic process.

IBT*

Since IBT is a distinct cognitive approach, we consider it worthwhile in this introduction to pinpoint some of its key original components as a way of priming

*In order not to encumber the text, we have not followed the standard textbook procedure of citing references in the text. However, the bibliography, entitled ‘Key IBA and other publications’, lists supporting literature.

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