Thursday, 27 October 2011

The Politics of Well-Being: An interview by Jules Evans with Aaron Beck on CBT

The Politics of Well-Being: An interview with Aaron Beck on CBT:
  This is an interesting interview journalist and practical philosophy expert Jules Evans did with Aaron Beck, the inventor of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), back in 2007.  Of particular interest is how Beck differentiates CT from REBT and also the tips he gives on CBT for schizophrenia. It's also noteworthy if not surprising that Beck endorses Seligman's work with children (I wonder what he thinks of positive psychology?) and , as Evans observes, how Beck is very reluctant to go beyond the facts ....

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Borkovec et al. article on GAD

There are a lot of free resources written by leading experts and here's one  I found that I wanted to share with you.

It's called

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder With Integrations From Interpersonal and Experiential Therapies  

and it's written by Tom Borkovec, Michelle Newman and Louis  Castonguay


This is the abstract

After providing background information on the definition and nature of generalized anxiety disorder, this article describes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) methods that have been empirically supported in the treatment of this disorder. Subsequent to this description, relevant outcome literature is briefly reviewed, along with evidence that the addition of other techniques beyond traditional CBT methods may be necessary to maximize clinical outcome. A description is then provided of an integrated interpersonal/emotional processing therapy that the authors have recently added to their CBT protocol. CBT with and without this integrated treatment is currently being evaluated in an experimental trial.


The article is now a  little out of date, but does include a good survey of CBT for GAD as understood in 2004 - for example it mentions but does not go into detail about Dugas' model focussing on intolerance of uncertainty and does not mention Wells' metacognitive approach. It does, however, go into some detail about Borkovec's own theory that worry is a form of avoidance i.e. one of the functions of worry is to avoid experiencing anxiety - a strategy that backfires and is addressed by facing the anxieties. The article also introduces the idea of integrating interpersonal concerns into CBT, a useful idea given the recent interest in Interpersonal Therapy.