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.
Chapter 1: Personality Disorders or Not
Personality Disorders or Not
The International Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders (ICD-10) defines a personality disorder as: ‘a severe disturbance in the characterological condition and behavioural tendencies of the individual, usually involving several areas of the personality, and nearly always associated with considerable personal and social disruption’. The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) defines a personality disorder as: ‘an enduring pattern of ...