Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies by Keith S. Dobson
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About the Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies by Keith S. Dobson
When the first edition of the Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies was published in 1988, I would not have guessed that it would become a mainstay in the field of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). More than 20 years later, though, this volume is regularly used in training programs and has been translated into Italian and Portuguese. It has been gratifying to see that the breadth and depth of CBT have increased and to have been a part of that process.
The third edition reflects a continuing belief in the importance of CBT. As I noted in the preface to the first edition, at that time there really was no comprehensive book, written by the best experts in the field, that covered the broad domain of CBT. The completion of this edition reflects the belief that the publisher and I continue to have that it fills an important place in the CBT literature. The intended audience remains one that is learning about psychotherapy and wishes to explore the growth in the cognitive-behavioral models.
This edition contains several important changes. While some of the core chapters discussing conceptual issues in CBT are retained, as are chapters on fundamental CBT therapies, some of the chapters in the second edition have been replaced or supplemented here. In addition to critical chapters on problem-solving therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, and cognitive therapy, the therapy chapters now include a discussion of schema-focused cognitive therapy and acceptance-based interventions, as these approaches have continued to gain prominence in the field. A new chapter focuses on the application of CBT to diverse populations, which is particularly important as CBT principles and practices become further disseminated.
One of the important new chapters in this edition is that on the evidence base for CBT. In the preface to the second edition I wrote about the empirically supported treatment movement and my belief that “the field of psychotherapy must move to a transparent, common-sense, evidence-based set of practices as soon as possible, in order to fulfill the mission of providing a human service that is worthy of the public’s investment of trust, confidence, time, energy, and money.” This chapter does much to reveal that the evidence base for CBT has grown dramatically in a fairly short period of time and that the public generally can invest its trust in CBT.
In the second edition preface, I also wrote: “Although the field of cognitive-behavioral therapies has advanced a long distance in the period of time between the first edition of this book and the current one, there remains much to be done.
There are questions about the models that underlie these treatments, their conceptual relations, the mechanisms of action, which treatments are efficacious, which treatments are most efficacious, which treatments are most efficacious for which client groups, the acceptability of these treatments to patients, how best to train and disseminate these treatments, the age specificity of these treatments, the transportability of these treatments among various cultural and language groups, and many other issues as well.”
These words still ring true today. Even while important efficacy data are needed for some treatment models and areas of practice and the mechanisms of action in CBT require ongoing study, the field now desperately needs to explore issues related to the effectiveness of CBT, with respect to both specific client groups and diverse cultures and language groups.
In closing, I want to thank a number of people who have shaped, and who continue to shape, my own thinking and work. These include my family and in particular my wife, Debbie, and children, Kit, Aubrey, and Beth, but also my “extended family” in CBT. I owe a debt of gratitude to so many people, but notably to Tim Beck, Judy Beck, Bob Leahy, Jackie Persons, Neil Jacobson, Steve Hollon, Sona Dimidjian, Chris Martell, Leslie Sokol, Brian Shaw, Zindel Segal, John Teasdale, Ed Watkins, Willem Kuyken, Rob DeRubeis, Nik Kazantzis, and David Dozois. It has been my distinct pleasure to work among such thoughtful and caring people, as well as the great many other “CBT people” I have had the good fortune to meet around the world.
I also want to acknowledge the support and assistance from the staff at The Guilford Press; in particular Senior Editor Jim Nageotte, but also Assistant Editor Jane Keislar and, of course, Editor-in-Chief Seymour Weingarten. The Guilford Press has become the world’s leader in the publication of CBT books and materials, and in so doing has also had a significant positive effect on the growth of the field.
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