New Directions for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dissertation or Thesis by eddievedder

A detailed analysis of the usefulness of cognitive behavioral therapy in treating psychosis and alcohol dependence.
# 145611 | 2,920 words | 41 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 18, 2010 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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This paper provides a detailed examination of some newer applications of cognitive behavioral therapy, including the treatment of psychosis. The paper notes that a few years ago, most psychologists and psychiatrists were pessimistic about the possibility of helping psychotic patients other than by drug treatment. When applied to psychosis, the paper explains, cognitive therapy (CT) is based on the same principles that apply for standard cognitive therapy for emotional disorders. The paper also discusses the use of cognitive behavioral therapy in treating alcohol dependence, particularly in the elderly. The paper concludes that future directions should also include a consideration of the possible side-effects of cognitive therapy. Normalizing cognitive therapy hopefully minimizes side-effects, but problems such as stigmatization, pathologizing the variety of human experience and increased short-term distress remain possibilities.

Question 1
Trauma-Based Strategies
Behavioural Reattribution
Behavioural Experiments
Treatment Phases
Question 2
Treatment of Alcohol Misuse
Studies of Moderation-Orientated Treatment
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"Behavioural experiments are central to effective CT for psychosis. Beliefs about voices and delusional ideas are frequently translatable into testable hypotheses that can be collaboratively investigated by patient and therapist. Behavioural experiments should be designed very carefully to ensure a 'no-lose' outcome (Wessler, 1986). Predictions should be stated in a concrete way, and the possible results should be reviewed in advance to ensure that the outcome is meaningful and will not be dismissed or accommodated within the problematic belief system. Examples of behavioural experiments include the use of activity scheduling to evaluate beliefs about the consequences of activity or the lack of pleasure (which can be helpful for negative symptoms) or exposure to feared situations in order to evaluate beliefs about voices or paranoid ideas (Wessler, 1986)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alford, B. A. and Beck, A. T. (1997) The Integrative Power of Cognitive Therapy. New York: Guilford.
  • Altrows, I. F. (2002) 'Rational emotive and cognitive behavior therapy with adult male offenders', Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 20 (3/4): 201-222.
  • Beck, A. T. (1976) Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders. New York: New American Library.
  • Beck, A. T. (1987) 'Cognitive models of depression', Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1 (1): 5-37.
  • Beck, Aaron T. Freeman, Arthur. Davis, Denise D. (2004) Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders. Guilford Press.

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