Magazine article Times Higher Education

Preparing for the Process of Intervention

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Preparing for the Process of Intervention

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: An Introduction

Authors: Diana Sanders and Frank Wills

Edition: Third

Publisher: Sage

Pages: 352

Price: Pounds 75.00 and Pounds 24.99

ISBN: 9781849205641 and 05658

This clearly written textbook covers the main components required for introductory training in cognitive behavioural therapy, using the extensive available evidence base. It progresses logically from the first chapter on theory to several covering interventions, giving the reader an in-depth view of each area. Each chapter ends with suggested further reading, which is a helpful alignment with the topic that has just been discussed.

The chapter on developing the therapeutic alliance and collaborative CBT will be vitally important for the novice therapist. And the use of therapist statements and case studies gives the reader a flavour of practice. Crucial, too, is the demonstration of reflecting on one's own practice and the role of the self as a therapist.

The chapters about the practice of CBT chapters are of the high standard expected for this topic area and are clearly described with adequate diagrams and examples from clinical practice. Cognitive and metacognitive interventions are presented separately from emotional interventions, which provides clarity for the novice reader without losing the interplay and reliance between the two.

The book's up-to-date content is evident in a chapter that covers mindfulness and the third wave developments in CBT, and another that looks at schema-focused therapy. …

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