Developing skills and competency in CBT is a complex process of which self-observation and self-reflection are an essential part. In this new book, leading figures Beverly Haarhoff and Richard Thwaites outline the rationale for a focus on self-reflective practice in CBT, before offering practical and accessible guidelines demonstrating how this can be achieved in training and practice. Highlighting relevant research throughout and using case studies to illustrate theory in practice, ten chapters consider: - reflection in training and in supervision and self-supervision, - reflecting on the therapeutic relationship, on our sociocultural perceptions and biases and on client feedback - how reflection is vital to self-care and to becoming a better therapist, supervisor and trainer. This is an essential read for trainees in both high and low intensity CBT programmes, those on broader CBT courses, and for qualified practitioners working independently to enhance their self-reflective capacity.

Chapter 8: Experiencing CBT for yourself: Using Self-Practice and Self-Reflection (Sp/Sr) to Develop Therapeutic Competence and Metacompetence

Experiencing CBT for yourself: Using Self-Practice and Self-Reflection (Sp/Sr) to Develop Therapeutic Competence and Metacompetence

Experiencing CBT for yourself: Using Self-Practice and Self-Reflection (Sp/Sr) to Develop Therapeutic Competence and Metacompetence
Richard ThwaitesBeverly Haarhoff

Learning aims

  • To understand how practising CBT methods on yourself (self-practice: SP) and reflecting on this process (self-reflection: SR) can be used to develop and fine-tune CBT knowledge and skills, ultimately leading to greater flexibility and artistry
  • To understand the evidence base for SP/SR as an experiential training and professional development strategy
  • To identify the key principles in developing SP/SR programmes
  • To learn how to apply these principles to developing your own informal examples of SP/SR

Introduction

Over the course of the history of CBT there has been a well-established recommendation that therapists should learn CBT by practising it ...

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