• 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.

Reflection on CBT as a Psychological Therapy for Personality Disorders
Reflection on CBT as a psychological therapy for personality disorders

The evidence base for the effectiveness of CBT in the treatment for personality disorders is limited and varies strongly from one personality disorder diagnosis to the next. Are we trying to do the impossible? Are we using ‘software’ (= psychological therapies) to correct ‘hardware’ (= structural personality defects)? The number of forensic psychiatry beds in the UK is rising; are we medicalising and psychologising badness? This trend of medicalising and psychologising badness can be seen from early days onwards as Foucault (1988) states. The trend ...

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