Going beyond simple procedural modifications, this is the first book to address how the application of gerontology to CBT practice can augment CBT's effectiveness and appropriateness with older people. Taking you step-by-step through the CBT process and supported by clinical case examples, therapeutic dialogue, points for reflection and hints and tips, the book examines: - basic theoretical models in CBT and how to relate them to work with older people; - main behavioural interventions and their practical application; - social context and relevant theories of aging; - implications of assessment, diagnosis and treatment; - issues of anxiety, worry and depression, and more specialist applications of CBT for chronic illnesses; - latest developments, thinking and empirical evidence.

This is an invaluable companion for any clinical psychology, counselling, CBT/IAPT, and social care trainee or professional new to working with older people, especially those who are keen to understand how the application of CBT may be different.

Professor Ken Laidlaw is Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia.

Introduction to CBT

Introduction to CBT

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter you will:

  • Have increased your understanding of the Beck model of psychopathology
  • Understand why therapists need to use CBT theory in order to be more skilled and flexible in applying CBT
  • Be introduced to the idea that while CBT has an elegantly simple model, the application of CBT requires discipline and practice
  • Understand the basic structure of a course of CBT-based treatment for depression or anxiety

What Is CBT?

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) with older people is a mainstream treatment approach for the alleviation of depression and anxiety in later life. It is particularly appropriate as an intervention for older adults because it is skills enhancing, present-oriented, problem focused, straightforward to use and effective (Laidlaw et al., 2003).

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