Essential Components of Cognitive–Behavior Therapy for Depression
Jacqueline B. Persons, one of the leaders in cognitive–behavior therapy today, joins with colleagues to take readers on a thorough, expert tour of the essential components of cognitive–behavior therapy for depression. Throughout, Dr. Persons emphasizes the theory and practices of Aaron T. Beck to create a book that is grounded in the best of CBT's traditions but that refines and fleshes out the practical aspects of its application. The method described is flexible enough to be used in disorders other than depression, including eating disorders and anxiety.
Intended for both trainees and practitioners in the mental health professions, the book details the five basic components of the therapy in practice: developing an individualized case formulation, session structuring, activity scheduling, the thought record, and the schema change method. A thorough case study is included to illustrate how the therapist uses the case formulation to plan and carry out treatment. Examples of each major intervention are also provided as well as a demonstration of how the assessment and intervention strategies are woven together over the course of treatment. This is the perfect teaching tool for those working in clinical, counseling, and health psychology as well as social work, psychiatry, psychiatric nurses, marriage and family counseling, and pastoral counseling.
A complete video series is also available that illustrates the techniques described in the book. Visit the Cognitive–Behavior Therapy for Depression page.
- Empirical and Theoretical Underpinnings
- Individualized Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
- Structure of the Therapy Session
- Activity Scheduling
- Using the Thought Record
- Schema Change Methods
- A Case Example: Nancy
About the Authors
Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, is the director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and an associate clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Persons presented cognitive–behavior therapy in the Psychotherapy Videotape Series prepared by APA in 1995.
Trained at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Persons has been a practicing cognitive–behavior therapist for more than 15 years and maintains an active clinical practice. She is an internationally known workshop presenter, author of the widely used basic teaching text Cognitive Therapy in Practice: A Case Formulation Approach, and author of numerous research and clinical articles on topics related to the outcome and process of cognitive–behavior therapy.
Dr. Persons is the treasurer of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has served as editor of the Behavior Therapist and associate editor of Cognitive Therapy and Research. She recently served as president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (Section 3, Division 12 of APA).
Joan Davidson, PhD, is the director of clinical services at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and an assistant clinical professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. She is a practicing cognitive–behavior therapist, specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and a clinical supervisor to graduate students learning to conduct cognitive-behavioral treatments.
Dr. Davidson is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She lectures, teaches, and consults on numerous topics about cognitive–behavioral treatment to both professional and lay audiences.
Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, is the director of professional training at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and an assistant clinical professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Dr. Tompkins specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in adults and children. He is the author or coauthor of numerous chapters and journal articles on cognitive–behavior therapy and has presented widely on the topic.