A Guide to the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy for Therapists and Supervisors

by Mark Berthold-Losleben, Marianne Liebing-Wilson, John S. Swan

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Print edition
ISBN: 9781616765842
2023, viii/196 pages
Print edition
ISBN: 9780889375840
2023, viii/196 pages

Acquire in-depth insight into using CBASP with a client with chronic depression

  • Follows a client, his therapist, and the supervisor through a course of CBASP
  • Uses first person perspectives and dialog with theoretical sections
  • Provides prompts and structure for sessions
  • Lists exercises to check understanding
  • Includes printable tools for clinical use

Help people with chronic depression using this creative dialog-based guide

Cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP) is designed to help patients with chronic depression improve the negative social and personal impacts of this disorder. This volume, written by experienced practitioners of CBASP, creatively explores the principles and practice of CBASP in a new, unusual, and engaging fashion. Interspersed between theoretical chapters, you will find yourself in the therapy room with Maggie (the therapist) and Chris (the patient).

Using authentic dialog, you will experience how the different stages of therapy unfold: How, from their first-person perspectives, Christopher and Maggie experience the application of the CBASP model, and how Helen (the supervisor) helps Maggie to understand difficult encounters in therapy. This book helps you prepare for your CBASP sessions by providing essential information and prompts in a clearly arranged manner, as well as exercises to verify your progress and learning goals.

This creative and descriptive approach to understanding the hopes, fears, and concerns of patients and therapists engaged in a course of CBASP psychotherapy is essential reading for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, as well as students wanting to know how to successfully apply CBASP.

From the reviews

“This book provides an accessible introduction to the application of core principles and theories of CBASP, suitable for a range of clinical experience levels, from graduate students to more experienced clinicians looking to add additional skills to their treatment repertoire for persistent depressive disorder (PDD). The dialogue-based approach to teaching various CBASP techniques helps bring the therapy to life in a compelling and easy-to-understand fashion.”
Christopher McGovern, MA, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, in Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 2023

Praise for the book

“A lovely contribution to the field of persistent depression and the effective treatment system called CBASP! The authors do a great job in making CBASP accessible and demonstrating how to implement it in real life. If you treat patients with depression, you will certainly benefit from this book.”
J. Kim Penberthy, PhD, ABPP, Dept. of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

“A clinically practical and accessible book that helps guide psychotherapists in the application of CBASP – and a ‘must-read’ for any clinician working with depression!”
Todd K. Favorite, PhD, ABPP, FAACP, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

“If you have been looking for a book that describes the CBASP in an exciting fashion, this is it! Readers will likely experience the text primarily as participants and in the process gain an excellent and informed description of what the CBASP model is all about. Bravo to the authors for this unique text!”
James P. McCullough, Jr., PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA

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