CBT Fundamentals: Theory and Cases is an indispensable, introductory guide for all mental health practitioners embarking on CBT training. Designed to be read with no prior knowledge of CBT, the book takes the reader through the essential principles and theory of contemporary CBT in a readable and accessible manner. It then outlines the most commonly used models and applies them to a range of mental health problems a novice CBT practitioner will encounter, from depression to anxiety disorders and PTSD.
Wrycraft and Skinner make an excellent use of the case study format and link theory and practice in an instructive and engaging way, promoting your learning. The cases convey a realistic sense of using CBT and working to both engage and promote therapeutic progress in peoples' lives. While placing an emphasis upon promoting engagement and implementing therapeutic interventions with clients and patients, CBT Fundamentals also addresses the difficulties, limitations and dilemmas encountered in practice in a pragmatic and constructive manner.
This is a useful addition to any CBT reading list. A range of reflective components, together with exercises and a range of case studies, encourages the reader to contribute to their learning experience in a participatory way. It will make a welcome addition to students wanting to explore the area of psychosocial interventions.
Bruce Wallace, Visiting Lecturer in Mental Health at University of Bedfordshire, UK
This new book provides a good, authoritative introduction to CBT and how it might be applied to a range of different settings. The case study format and style make it easy to read and follow whilst keeping the content fresh. I will be encouraging my students to make use of the book as part of their studies in mental health nursing.
Paul Linsley, Principle Lecturer in Health and Social Science at Lincoln University, UK
About the authors
Theoretical background, including the core concepts of CBT
The practice of CBT
Mild to moderate depression
Low self esteem, anxiety and depression
Panic disorder with agoraphobia
Social anxiety disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): mental obsessions
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)- Single episode trauma
Clinical supervision in supporting practice