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Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists

by James Bennett-Levy, Richard Thwaites, Beverly Haarhoff, and Helen Perry Guilford Publications
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Engaging and authoritative, this is the first self-experiential cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) workbook specifically designed to help therapists enhance their skills.  Twelve carefully sequenced modules guide readers to identify, formulate, and address a professional or personal problem using CBT, and to reflect on the experience.  Self Practice/self-reflection (SP/SR)  is an evidence-based training strategy which enables therapists to build technical savvy in contemporary CBT interventions while deepening their self-awareness and therapeutic relationship skills. The book's large-size format makes it easy to use the innumerable reproducible  worksheets and forms. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print these reproducible materials.  


KEY POINTS *The first evidence based program that helps CBT therapists hone their skills "from the inside out" by practicing the techniques on themselves. *Studies show improved clinical acumen in CBT—one of the most popular modalities—and Beck, Padesky, and others endorse this approach. *Versatile: can be used in group settings, in supervision, as a graduate level text, or by individual therapists. *Authors are internationally known CBT trainers. *First in a series of practical therapist self care books.  

clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses.  


COURSE USE May serve as a text in graduate level CBT courses.

Foreword, Christine A. Padesky
1. Introducing Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out 
2. Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: The Conceptual Framework 
3. Guidance for SP/SR Participants 
4. Guidance for SP/SR Facilitators
I. Identifying and Understanding Unhelpful (Old) Ways of Being
Module 1. Identifying a Challenging Problem
Module 2. Formulating the Problem and Preparing for Change
Module 3. Using Behavioral Activation to Change Patterns of Behavior
Module 4. Identifying Unhelpful Thinking and Behavior
Module 5. Using Cognitive Techniques to Modify Unhelpful Thinking and Behavior
Module 6. Reviewing Progress
II. Creating and Strengthening New Ways of Being
Module 7. Identifying Unhelpful Assumptions and Constructing New Alternatives
Module 8. Using Behavioral Experiments to Test Unhelpful Assumptions against New Alternatives
Module 9. Constructing New Ways of Being
Module 10. Embodying New Ways of Being
Module 11.Using Behavioral Experiments to Test and Strengthen New Ways of Being
Module 12. Maintaining and Enhancing New Ways of Being
Module Notes

“I applaud the authors for this excellent book. CBT offers highly effective tools for change, but convincing clients to use them is not always easy. There is no doubt that personal practice with the techniques will enhance the therapist's ability to motivate clients. Therapists will be better able to respond to queries convincingly and preempt any problems in implementation. Importantly, SP/SR is likely to increase practitioners' empathy and respect for clients, thus enhancing the therapeutic alliance and improving outcomes.” Analise O'Donovan, PhD, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia
James Bennett-Levy, PhD, is Associate Professor at the University Center for Rural Health, University of Sydney, Australia. He has pioneered self-experiential CBT training since his first self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR) paper in 2001, and has made a significant contribution to the CBT training literature with over 25 training publications. In particular, his 2006 Declarative-Procedural-Reflective model of therapist skill development is widely used and cited. Dr. Bennett-Levy is coauthor or coeditor of several books on CBT practice, including, most recently, the Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy.  

Richard Thwaites, DClinPsy, is a consultant clinical psychologist and CBT therapist who serves as  Clinical Lead for a large National Health Service psychological therapies service in the United Kingdom. In addition to delivering therapy, he provides clinical leadership, supervision, training, and consultancy around the implementation of SP/SR programs. His research interests include the role of the therapeutic relationship in CBT and the use of reflective practice in the process of skill development.  

Beverly Haarhoff, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand, where she was instrumental in setting up the first Postgraduate Diploma in CBT in the southern hemisphere. For the past 14 years she has trained and supervised both CBT and clinical psychology trainees. Her research has focused primarily SP/SR as a mechanism to support and improve therapist skill acquisition in CBT therapists at all levels of development. Dr. Haarhoff has a private clinical practice and regularly presents CBT training workshops.  

Helen Perry, MA, is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and works clinically in a well-established group private practice. She is an active CBT trainer and supervisor in Australia and New Zealand. Together with Beverly Haarhoff, she played a pivotal role in establishing the CBT Diploma program at Massey University, New Zealand. She has run many workshops at the University Centre for Rural Health, University of Sydney. Ms. Perry has worked across the lifespan in a wide range of clinical settings. Her special interests are in complex/comorbid depression and anxiety, and trauma- and stress-related disorders.