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Cognitive Therapy for Delusions, Voices and Paranoia

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ISBN-10: 0471961736

ISBN-13: 9780471961734

Edition: 1999

Authors: Paul Chadwick, Max J. Birchwood, Peter Trower, Aaron T. Beck

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Psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and nurses are increasingly involved in treatments which include psychological therapy, and particularly cognitive therapy, for serious mental disorders. The aim of this book is to guide such professionals towards better practice by treating the individual symptoms of delusions, voices and paranoia, rather than by the categorisation of schizophrenia. The authors provide an introduction to their cognitive model and show how therapy depends crucially on the collaborative relationship with the client. While earlier approaches to these distressing symptoms depended on an overall model of schizophrenia which emphasised fundamental discontinuities with normal thought and psychological processes, the authors' approach is supported by substantial research that indicates that delusions, voices and paranoia lie on a continuum of differences in thought and behaviour, and do not arise from fundamentally different psychological processes. This book offers a practical, research-based and essentially hopeful approach to the assessment and treatment of psychotic disorders and also an argument for the development of a person model for treatment, which is based on the person's enduring psychological vulnerabilities. This book appears in The Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology Series Editor: J. Mark G. Williams University of Wales, Bangor, UK
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Book details

List price: $89.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/4/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

A native of Rhode Island, Aaron Beck had an early interest in psychology. After graduating from Brown University, he embarked on a career in medicine at Yale University with the intention of specializing in psychiatry. Dissatisfied with classical psychoanalysis, he turned to modified psychoanalytic approaches and was particularly influenced by ego psychology advanced by Rapaport. Ego psychology directed his interest in cognition, and over time Beck abandoned the psychoanalytic framework and formulated his own cognitive theory-behavior therapy for patients with depression and other psychiatric disorders. He developed numerous measurement scales, including the Beck Depression Inventory, the Beck Hopelessness Scale, and the Self-Concept Test, which are widely used as diagnostic and research tools in the field. Beck continues to teach, consult, and write about the use of cognitive therapy in treating emotional disorders and other problems.

A Cognitive View of Delusions and Voices
The Practice of Therapy and the Problem of Engagement
Delusions: Assessment and Formulation
Challenging Delusions
Voices: Engagement and Assessment
Disputing and Testing Beliefs about Voices
Cognitive Therapy for Paranoia
Challenging Cases and Issues
From a Symptom Model to a Person Model
References
Appendices
Index