Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques and Strategies

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Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2016-05-16
Publisher(s): American Psychological Association
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Featuring illustrative hypothetical cases and discussion of cutting-edge research, this volume will give therapists a rich understanding of the various methods, approaches, and ideas that drive modern CBT.

Intended as a stand-alone companion to the APA video series of the same title, this volume brings together three esteemed leaders and trainers in the field of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to elucidate the key principles, frameworks, and therapeutic processes that are practiced by effective cognitive behavior therapists. In engaging language, this slim and approachable volume follows the typical sequence of delivering CBT to a client, with chapters focusing on assessment, case conceptualization, core beliefs, behavioral strategies, problem-solving strategies, cultural responsiveness, and techniques to address distorted thinking.

Author Biography

Amy Wenzel, PhD, ABPP, is owner and president of Wenzel Consulting, LLC; clinical assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and an adjunct faculty member at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is also certified as a trainer-consultant with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Wenzel is author or editor of 17 books, including the Oxford Handbook of Perinatal Psychology (2016), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Perinatal Distress (2015), Strategic Decision Making in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2013), Group Cognitive Therapy for Addictions (2012; with B. S. Liese, A. T. Beck, & D. Friedman-Wheeler), and Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients: Scientific and Clinical Applications (2009; with G. K. Brown & A. T. Beck).

Dr. Wenzel has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (now the Brain and Behavior Foundation). She lectures internationally on cognitive behavioral therapy and has provided intensive supervision to more than 160 clinicians who have acquired competency to deliver this treatment. Dr. Wenzel has served as the featured therapist in three psychotherapy demonstration DVD series produced by the American Psychological Association. She currently divides her time among scholarly writing, training and consultation, and clinical practice. For more information on her clinical practice, publications, videos, and workshops, visit

Keith S. Dobson, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Calgary in Canada, where he has also served as head of psychology and director of the clinical psychology program. His research has focused on both cognitive models and mechanisms in depression as well as the treatment and prevention of relapse of depression, particularly using cognitive behavioral therapies. Dr. Dobson’s research has resulted in more than 200 published articles and chapters, 12 books, and numerous conference and workshop presentations in many countries. His books include Evidence-Based Practice of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (with D. Dobson; 2nd ed., in press) and the Handbook of Cognitive- Behavioral Therapies (3rd ed., 2010). He has three psychotherapy demonstration DVD series and a 2012 book, Cognitive Therapy, published by the American Psychological Association.

In addition to his research in depression, Dr. Dobson has recently been engaged in research related to the integration of evidence-based treatments in family practice. He is also a principal investigator for the opening Minds program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with a focus on stigma reduction related to mental disorders in the workplace. Furthermore, he has written about developments in professional psychology and ethics and has been actively involved in organized psychology in Canada, including a term as president of the Canadian Psychological Association. He is a past president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.   Among other awards,  he has received both the Canadian Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology and the Donald o. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Psychology.

Pamela A. Hays, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii and completed a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She was on the graduate psychology faculty of Antioch University in Seattle, Washington, for 11 years, and in 2000, returned to her hometown on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, where she has worked in community mental health for the Kenaitze Tribe’s Dena’ina Wellness Center, established a private practice, and served on the Board of the Alaska State Psychological Association. Her research has included work with Tunisian women in North Africa and with Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian people in the U.S. Dr. Hays is the coeditor of Culturally Responsive Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: Assessment, Practice, and Supervision (2006; with G. Y. Iwamasa) and author of several books, including Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Therapy (3rd ed., 2016) and Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Life (2014). Dr. Hays’s work with clients is featured in several APA-produced DVDs. She provides consultation and teaches workshops internationally. For more information on Dr. Hays’s clinical practice, publications, videos, and workshops, visit her website http://


Table of Contents



  1. Assessment and Case Conceptualization
  2. Session Structure and Behavioral Strategies
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Cognitive Restructuring of Automatic Thoughts
  5. Cognitive Restructuring of Underlying Beliefs
  6. Relapse Prevention and the Completion of Treatment
  7. Culturally Responsive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy




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