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Doing CBT: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Behaviors, Thoughts, and Emotions

by David Tolin Guilford Publications
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This accessible text and practitioner resource provides a complete introduction to the art and science of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). In a witty, straight-talking style, David F. Tolin explains core concepts and presents effective techniques for addressing the behavioral, cognitive, and emotional elements of psychological problems. Vivid examples of several clients are followed throughout the book, which concludes with three chapter-length case illustrations.


Readers gain essential skills for conceptualizing a case, planning treatment, and conducting therapy, from intake to termination. Reproducible forms and worksheets are included; purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print all 38 reproducible tools in a convenient 8½" x 11" size.   


Pedagogical Features:

Numerous engaging sidebars: Try This, The Science Behind It, Adapting the Process, and more.  End-of-chapter Personal Target Worksheets that enable self-practice of core CBT skills.  

Quick-reference definitions of key terms.

1. Laying Out the Basics
I. Why Do People Suffer?
2. Oh, Behave!: The Behavioral System and How It Can Go Wrong
3. Stinkin' Thinkin': The Cognitive System and How It Can Go Wrong
4. I Got a Bad Feeling about This: The Emotional System and How It Can Go Wrong
5. Creating Meaty Conceptualizations
II. How Do We Help?
A. How We Engage the Client
6. Therapy Assessment and Case Formulation
7. CBT Finesse
B. Behavior-Level Interventions
8. Adjusting the Triggers: Situation Selection and Stimulus Control
9. Contingency Management in Therapy
10. Direct Behavioral Prescriptions and Graded Task Assignment
11. Exposure
12. Behavioral Skill Training
C. Cognitive-Level Interventions
13. What's the Client Thinking?
14. Restructuring Thoughts
15. Leave Them Thoughts Alone
16. Going Deeper with Core Beliefs
17. Addressing Information-Processing Biases
D. Emotion-Level Interventions
18. Modulating Emotion
19. Distress Tolerance
III. Putting It All Together
20. William's CBT
21. Anna's CBT
22. Elizabeth's CBT
Appendix A. Further Reading
Appendix B. Tools for the Clinician

Doing CBT is a contemporary introduction to the field that will serve the needs of a number of audiences. Those new to CBT or just beginning their psychological training will find the material, structure, and case examples provide a foundation to build upon. Practitioners who are looking to gather an understanding of CBT that they can integrate into their current practices will find a clear clinical description accompanied by a plethora of exercises and tests for immediate use. Seasoned clinicians who are well versed in CBT logic and practice will find a resource that they can rely upon to refresh their thinking as well as an introductory guide into third-wave thinking….What makes Doing CBT valuable is not just its clinical and practical scope. Its commitment to science is evident throughout the book. Tolin’s approach is to rely on the best available research to determine the most effective services. His therapy process is also evidence based.”
David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP, is founder and director of the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at The Institute of Living-Hartford Hospital and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. The author of over 150 scientific journal articles, Dr. Tolin has served as a principal investigator and scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health since 2003. He is a past president of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of awards for Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Psychology, Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology, and Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Psychology from the Connecticut Psychological Association.