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.

CBT in the Front-Line

CBT in the front-line

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • The key features of CBT.
  • The main elements of the theories underpinning CBT.
  • The cognitive basis of CBT
  • The behavioural basis of CBT.

Nothing is as practical as a good theory! Kurt Lewin (1935, 1936, 1948) had it so very right when he said this. As cognitive behaviour therapists we operate in the real world as ‘scientist-practitioners’. We cannot be practitioners alone; we have to use science to make sense of the phenomena we encounter. Science will also help us when ‘practice as usual’ does not produce the expected results. As scientist-practitioners we have to be able to use theory to think ourselves out of a practice problem. In other words when we apply therapeutic interventions ...

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