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CBT for Personality Disorders

CBT for Personality Disorders

February 2011 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This key new text on CBT for personality disorders offers a unique trainee guide to this complex area. The book provides a practical, hands-on overview of the treatment strategies for working with personality disorders, linking these with the theory of both cognitive and behavioral approaches. Covering the full range of personality disorders, this is the most rounded and introductory guide yet.

Key content includes:

  • Therapist self-care; avoiding pitfalls
  • Holding the CBT line in challenging circumstances, across a range of multi-disciplinary settings
  • Exploration of the therapeutic relationship and engagement strategies
  • Reflections on the evidence for CBT and personality problems
  • Chapter introductions and summaries, key learning points and reflective questions
  • Case examples and vignettes

This book is an important resource for anyone wishing to use their CBT training with clients presenting personality disorders.

Personality Disorders or Not?
CBT in the Front-Line
The Process of CBT: From Symptoms to Problems and Goals, Moving on to Formulation
Socialising the Client to CBT, Identifying Problems and Goals, and Treatment Evaluation
Structuring Sessions
From Agenda Setting to Homework

Interventions for (Lasting) Change
Engagement Strategies
Reflection on CBT as a Psychological Therapy for Personality Disorders
Pitfalls for the Therapist

'I really like this book and strongly recommend that you read it. As a clinician and educator in CBT I think this book has a lot to offer. It will meet the needs of the beginning CBT practitioners and provide welcome revision and extension of knowledge for the more experienced practitioner. This useful text provides an excellent balance of theory related to clinical practice. It was refreshing to see the authors provide a focus on behavioural theory and practice alongside the ubiquitous cognitive concepts and practice found in most other texts on this subject. There is a pleasing (and clinically useful) amount of "B" in "CBT for Personality Disorders.'
John Swan, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Clinical Lecturer and Course Director
University of Dundee

Very good book with case examples to assist practitioners development when working with people with Personality Disorders and implementing CBT techniques

Mrs Tracey Rogers
Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire
May 17, 2015

An interesting text on how CBT can be used when working with personality issues. This is certainly a challenge that needs particular attention and would be useful for psychotherapists in any clinical setting.

Ms Malin Sellden
Department of Psychology, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
July 24, 2015

Easy to read and systematic. The great book to introduce how CBT can cure personality disorders

Miss Maria Suprapto
Psychology, Pelita Harapan University
November 25, 2013

Excellent for those wishing to specialise

Mrs Rebecca Southall
Counselling Training, GB Prohealth Ltd
May 14, 2013

Good material for working with this group. Will be using this for written material for next fall

Ms Hrefna Ólafsdóttir
Félagsráðgjafadeild, University of Iceland
May 14, 2013

Very useful for the mental health team workers giving an excellent overview of the role of CBT in the growing area of personality disorders.

Mr Derek Barron
Education , Social Services Department
December 14, 2012

An interesting text to support practice when working with clients with personality disorders. Would have liked it to be more formulation based in deciding interventions as teaching students in this way, therefore suggested as supplementary reading as information on personality disoreds helpful specifically. More useful to the post basic CBT course members.

Ms Jennifer Rooks
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
November 12, 2012

An excellent overview of the relationship between the various Cognitive and Behavioural interventions which can be engineered to facilitate recovery from, and the inter-relationship between various personality disorders. Replete with schematic overviews, treatment plans and case study analysis - highly recommended for those embarking on a CBT career!

Mr Arthur Dixon
Professional Studies, Darlington College
September 27, 2012

Gives clear outline on the use of CBT for personality disorders, especially written by CBT practitioners.

Mr Sam Nkala
Health & Social Care (Cambridge), Anglia Ruskin University
September 16, 2012

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