Adapting Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Managing Complexity and Comorbidity

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Mark A. Whisman
Guilford Publications, Feb 5, 2008 - Psychology - 448 pages

While the efficacy of cognitive therapy for depression is well established, every clinician is likely to encounter patients who do not respond to "standard" protocols. In this highly practical volume, leading authorities provide a unified set of clinical guidelines for conceptualizing, assessing, and treating challenging presentations of depression. Presented are detailed, flexible strategies for addressing severe, chronic, partially remitted, or recurrent depression, as well as psychiatric comorbidities, medical conditions, and family problems that may complicate treatment. The book also offers essential knowledge and tools for delivering competent care to specific populations of depressed patients: ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, and bisexual people; adolescents; and older adults.

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Mark A. Whisman, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and a former Van Ameringen Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. A major focus of Dr. Whisman's  research has been cognitive models of depression, and the predictors and processes of change in cognitive therapy of depression. He has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters and has coedited one book (with Douglas K. Snyder, Treating Difficult Couples: Helping Clients with Coexisting Mental and Relationship Disorders). His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. Dr. Whisman was formerly Associate Editor of Contemporary Psychology and has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Behavior Therapy, and Applied and Preventive Psychology.

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