• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Socialising the Client to CBT, Identifying Problems and Goals, and Treatment Evaluation
Socialising the client to CBT, identifying problems and goals, and treatment evaluation

In the previous chapter we focused on how the therapist can gradually gain an understanding of source and maintenance of clients' problems. This process of investigation needs to be combined and complemented by two other elements of CBT in these beginning stages of therapy: socialising the client to CBT and identifying problems and goals.

Socialising to the CBT Model

The client needs to become a gifted amateur in CBT. It is essential therefore that the client learns that:

  • Problems are the result of an often long learning process.
  • Problems are influenced by unhelpful/irrational thinking.
  • The brain sometimes learns to have a mind of its own.

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