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Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of Anxiety: A Transdiagnostic Treatment Manual

by Peter J Norton Guilford Publications
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Cognitive-behavioral therapy is highly effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, regardless of the specific type of fear that is causing difficulties. This practical, hands-on clinical resource presents a proven group treatment protocol for patients with any anxiety diagnosis. Step-by-step guidelines are provided for setting up transdiagnostic groups, using comprehensive assessment to plan and monitor treatment, and implementing carefully sequenced cognitive and behavioral techniques. Clinical examples illustrate the nuts and bolts of intervention across different anxiety disorder presentations. Special features include 19 reproducible handouts and forms that can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2'' x 11'' size.

The Publisher grants individual book purchasers nonassignable permission to reproduce selected materials in this book for professional use. For details and limitations, see copyright page.

> Group CBT is well established as an effective treatment for anxiety disorders—the most prevalent type of psychological disorder.
> What sets this manual apart is the transdiagnostic approach, which makes treatment groups easier to fill since clients with any anxiety diagnosis can participate.
> Complete: hands-on tools include reproducible worksheets and handouts; flexible design allows the treatment to be tailored.
> Offers concrete, specific advice on everything from setting up groups to relapse prevention.

Mental health professionals who work with groups, including clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists.

1. Anxiety Disorders and the Transdiagnostic Perspective
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy within a Transdiagnostic Framework
3. Getting Ready for Treatment: Assessing the Client
4. Session 1: Introduction and Education
5. Session 2: More on Anxiety and the Importance of Thoughts
6. Session 3: Challenging Anxious Thoughts
7. Prior to Session 4: Planning to Confront the Fears
8. Sessions 4 through 9: Exposure
9. Session 10: Getting Back to Thoughts
10. Session 11: Softening Negative Affective Styles
11. Session 12: Relapse Prevention and and Concluding Treatment
12. After Treatment: Assessing Improvement and Moving Forward


''What if there were a treatment model that allowed you to apply one set of principles across all of the anxiety disorders? After years of research, Norton can confidently show you a simple protocol that succeeds in challenging the thoughts, feelings, and actions that maintain all anxiety—and that is specially designed for groups.''—Reid Wilson, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

''This book has sufficient detail for CBT beginners, yet the transdiagnostic perspective offers new insights even for readers with advanced skills. The book presents a fresh approach to case conceptualization rooted in the behavioral and cognitive elements maintaining irrational fears, rather than the specific content of the fear. Norton translates years of clinical research into an approach that is evidence based, efficient, and feasible in most practice settings. He incorporates traditional interventions (exposure, response prevention, and cognitive restructuring) as well as newer approaches, such as motivation enhancement and mindfulness. For each element of treatment, Norton provides a compelling rationale, structured guidance for the therapist, and frank discussion of common problems encountered.''
—Sheila R. Woody, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada

''A tremendous resource for mental health professionals. Drawing on the latest research showing that common processes cut across various disorders, this book provides an excellent framework for understanding and treating anxiety disorders. Each chapter is a delight to read and guides the reader with clear descriptions and clinical examples. The book is an invaluable training tool for graduate students; I look forward to adopting it for our clinical practica.''—Lata K. McGinn, PhD, Director, Clinical Program and CBT Training Program, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University

''Norton has written a practical and accessible book that offers a new treatment option for the millions of individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders. Reading this book will revolutionize your case conceptualization for anxiety disorders, making the most complex, comorbid cases amenable to short-term focused intervention. The transdiagnostic approach is clearly explained and illustrated with rich case examples. Mental health providers with basic expertise in CBT will easily be able to adapt this evidence-based group intervention to their own practice, making treatment more accessible and affordable.''/m-/Debra A. Hope, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska/n-/Lincoln
Peter J. Norton, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston and Director of the University of Houston Anxiety Disorder Clinic. He has authored more than 90 research papers on such topics as anxiety disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and chronic pain; has delivered many presentations and workshops for the scientific community, therapists, and the general public; and serves on the editorial boards of two scientific journals. Dr. Norton has received early career awards and research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the University of Houston, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and the American Psychological Association.