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Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy -- By Michelle G. Craske, PhD

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Cognitive–behavioral therapy originated in the science and theory of classical and instrumental conditioning; cognitive principles were incorporated following dissatisfaction with a strictly behavioral approach. Cognitive–behavioral therapy combines behavioral and cognitive interventions: behavioral interventions aim to decrease maladaptive behaviors and increase adaptive ones, and cognitive interventions aim to modify maladaptive thoughts, self-statements, or beliefs. Although a number of variations on the original theory have developed over the decades, all types of cognitive–behavioral therapy are unified by their empirical foundation, reliance on the theory and science of behavior and cognition, and the centrality of problem-focused goals.

In this book, the author presents and explores this approach, its theory, history, the therapy process, primary change mechanisms, empirical basis, and future developments. This essential primer to cognitive–behavioral therapy, amply illustrated with case examples featuring diverse clients, is perfect for graduate students studying theories of therapy and counseling as well as for seasoned practitioners interested in understanding this approach.

Series Preface

  1. Introduction
  2. History
  3. Theory
  4. The Therapy Process
  5. Evaluation
  6. Future Developments
  7. Summary

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About the Author

Michelle G. Craske received her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1985. She has published extensively in the area of fear and anxiety disorders. She has written academic books on the topics of the etiology and treatment of anxiety disorders, gender differences in anxiety, and translation from the basic science of fear learning to the understanding and treating of phobias, in addition to several self-help books and therapist guides.

She has been the recipient of continuous National Institute of Mental Health funding since 1993 for research projects pertaining to risk factors for anxiety disorders and depression among children and adolescents, the cognitive and physiological aspects of anxiety and panic attacks, neural mediators of behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders, fear extinction mechanisms of exposure therapy, and the development and dissemination of treatments for anxiety and related disorders.

She was associate editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and she is presently associate editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy as well as a scientific board member for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. She was a member of the DSM–IV Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum, Posttraumatic, and Dissociative Disorders Work Group, and chair of the DSM–V Anxiety Disorders Subworkgroup.

Dr. Craske has given invited keynote addresses at many international conferences and is frequently invited to present training workshops on the most recent advances in the cognitive–behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders. She is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, and director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Behavioral Research program.



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