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An Introduction to Modern CBT: Psychological Solutions to Mental Health Problems

ISBN: 978-0-470-97175-8
236 pages
July 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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An Introduction to Modern CBT provides an easily accessible introduction to modern theoretical cognitive behavioral therapy models. The text outlines the different techniques, their success in improving specific psychiatric disorders, and important new developments in the field.

• Provides an easy-to-read introduction into modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches with specific case examples and hands-on treatment techniques
• Discusses the theoretical models of CBT, outlines the different techniques that have been shown to be successful in improving specific psychiatric disorders, and describes important new developments in the field
• Offers useful guidance for therapists in training and is an invaluable reference tool for experienced clinicians

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Table of Contents

About the Author ix

Foreword xi

Acknowledgment xiii

Preface xv

Chapter 1 The Basic Idea 1

Chapter 2 Empowering the Mind 23

Chapter 3 Confronting Phobias 47

Chapter 4 Fighting Panic and Agoraphobia 61

Chapter 5 Conquering Social Anxiety Disorder 79

Chapter 6 Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 93

Chapter 7 Beating Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Worry 105

Chapter 8 Dealing with Depression 121

Chapter 9 Overcoming Alcohol Problems 135

Chapter 10 Resolving Sexual Problems 151

Chapter 11 Managing Pain 165

Chapter 12 Mastering Sleep 177

References 191

Index 205

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Author Information

Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory at Boston University. He has been a Board Member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is an advisor to the DSM-V Development Process. He is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has published seven books. His primary research interests focus on treatment research for which he has received many research awards. In addition to lecturing clinicians world-wide in cognitive behavioral therapy, he is a licensed psychologist and has a private practice.
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"Hofmann’s non-defensive and even-handed approach lends the book unprecedented breadth and depth, unbiased by allegiance to any proprietary model. His thoroughgoing commitment to science as the only legitimate guide to the growth of CBT makes this book the most powerful of its kind."  (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews, 2012)

“Nevertheless, this book is a great read and will serve as a permanent reference resource for anyone searching for an engaging introduction to modern CBT.”  (British Psychological Society, 2012)

"This well-produced book is clearly written and nicely illustrated. It starts off by presenting the basic tenets of CBT, and then describes how the approach can be applied to some of the most common mental health issues... this book would make an excellent core text for introducing trainees to the fundamentals of a CBT approach to common mental health problems." (The Psychologist, April 2012)

An Introduction to Modern CBT by internationally known researcher and clinical psychologist Stefan Hofmann is exactly the right book for the busy clinician who wants to know the latest research, how it is relevant to clinical practice and what to do with patients who need help now. Written in a clear, compelling, and caring style, this book will be invaluable for graduate students interested in the application of empirically supported approaches – and for experienced clinicians who need to know the latest innovative CBT treatments. Each chapter provides a brief description of the disorder, relevant research findings, clear conceptualization of the problem, integrative CBT treatment drawing on the best practices available, and clinical case examples with helpful vignettes. This is a book that you will want to read – and use – on a regular basis. Hofmann is that unusual balance of scholar and clinician. You know from reading this book that his experience is with real people in the real world.
Robert L. Leahy, Director, American Institute of Cognitive Therapy, New York

Instead of a detailed treatment manual or a long chapter in a handbook, this beautifully written, up-to-the-minute, but succinct description of CBT, complete with case studies, will be all that many clinicians need to know as they approach each new case.  This resource will be valuable for training and should be on every clinician’s bookshelf.
David H. Barlow, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, USA

An elegantly simple book that takes a single model and shows students and professionals how to apply it to a range of common behavioral and mental health problems. Each disorder is fitted to the idea that maladaptive schemas and attention applied to triggering events can produce maladaptive cognitive appraisals that give rise to problematic emotion and behavior, and each intervention for these disorders are then placed in a particular part of the model. Clear, concise, and step by step, if you want to understand the cognitive model of psychopathology and treatment, there is no better book available.
Steven C. Hayes, Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, and author of ‘Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life’

A world leader in the treatment of social phobia, Stefan Hofmann has written the ideal introductory guide to 21st century cognitive-behavior therapy. Lucid and accessible, An Introduction to Modern CBT will be especially valuable for students and for seasoned therapists keen to learn the latest evidence-based interventions for the most common problems therapists see today.
Richard J. McNally, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of ‘What is Mental Illness?’

While certain principles underlie the CBT treatment for the various psychiatric disorders, clinicians must understand the specific cognitive formulation of each disorder to understand how to implement effective treatment for a client with a given diagnosis. Dr. Hofmann provides such a guide in his excellent text. Both new and experienced clinicians will benefit from his clear explanations and guidelines for anxiety disorders, depression, alcohol abuse, sexual problems, pain, and insomnia.
Judith S. Beck, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research

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