Developing Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling

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SAGE, Oct 16, 1995 - Behavior therapy - 160 pages
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[This book has] many useful insights for other therapists... make a copy of the competency checklist: if we all scored highly and consistently, there would be no need for talk of "national registration" ' - "The Therapist


In this volume the authors develop the cognitive-behavioural counselling approach by offering newer conceptualizations of many common client problems. It is suggested that effective interventions will often need to take account of early maladaptive interpretations of situations and of the presence of personality disorders.

The specifics of tackling problems as diverse as surviving in a family with a personality disordered member and post-traumatic stress disorder are elaborated, and recent developments in the counselling of clients with anxiety and depression are also incorporated. Hitherto neglected issues such as the use of groups and the assessment of counsellor competence are also highlighted.


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Appreciate the limitations of the assumptions
Draw and share your conceptualisation of the clients
Use the following guidelines in treating
Activate and focus depressed clients
Modify early maladaptive interpretations of self
Integrate basic cognitivebehavioural counselling with
Target tension with generalised anxiety disordered
Teach the socially phobic client that others do
Tackle partners nonacceptance of or addiction
Teach adult survivors of childhood trauma
Assess your competence as a cognitivebehavioural

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About the author (1995)

Michael J. Scott is a Christ-following husband, father of three, preacher, teacher, poet, playwright and writer of fiction told from a Christian worldview. He was born in 1969 in Anaheim, California, but only remembers growing up in Upstate New York since the age of two. He graduated cum laude from Eastern Christian College in Bel Air, Maryland in 1992, and has served churches in Ohio, Indiana, and New YorkHe enjoys writing, reading, discussing politics and religion, teaching, singing, martial arts, fencing, acting, cooking and shooting pool. He currently lives with his family outside of Rochester, New York

Stradling is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at The University of Manchester.

Windy Dryden is a professor of psychotherapeutic studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is a leading authority on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and CBT, and is renowned for his extensive writings on these and counseling-related areas, being author or editor of more than 150 books for students and general readers.

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