Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Term Paper by DrS

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
An examination of the theory and practice of cognitive behavior therapy.
# 95473 | 4,823 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2007 | GB
Published on May 24, 2007 in Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper discusses the background and current status of cognitive behavior therapy. It lists the challenges facing cognitive behavior therapy and discusses the need for this form of therapy to address these issues. The paper then describes three cognitive restructuring therapies and discusses how they are implemented in practice. It also discusses the theory and practice of the problem-solving therapies and the cognitive learning theory.

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Current Status

From the Paper:

"If Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can effectively deal with these concerns, it will unquestionably develop into a key force within clinical psychology. Nevertheless, in spite of its recognition amongst several therapists, not all behaviourally oriented researchers are in favour of this form of therapy. For instance, Eysenck (1979), a staunch S-R theorist, cautioned that "Although cognitive theories seem fashionable at the moment among some behaviour therapists who should know better. . . being fashionable is not the same as being correct, or useful, or in line with the evidence." He indicated that "Cognitive theory, per contra, does not even exist as a 'theory' that could meaningfully be criticized or tested; it is an aspiration, born of mentalistic preconceptions, in search of hypotheses."
"Wolpe (1978, p. 442) stated that that, "Behaviour therapists have deliberately influenced their patients' thinking ever since formal behaviour therapy of the neuroses came into existence"; for this reason he believed that cognitive approaches to therapy had always been incorporated with the behavioural techniques. "Thought," wrote Wolpe, "obeys the same 'mechanistic' laws as motor or autonomic behaviour" (p. 438). The principles of conditioning are adequate to account for cognition, and overt behaviour is an adequate indicator of this conditioning."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bandura, A. (1969). Principles of behavior modification. New York: Holt.
  • Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: Towards a unifying theory of behaviour change. Psychological Review, 84, 191-215.
  • Beck, A. T. (1976). Cognitive therapy and the emotional disorders. New York: International Universities Press.
  • Cautela, J. R. (1971). Covert conditioning. In A. Jacobs & L. B. Sachs (Eds.), The psychology of private events: Perspectives on covert response systems. New York: Academic Press.
  • O'Zurilla, T. J. & Goldfried, M. R. (1971). Problem solving and behaviour modification. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 107-126. .

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