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Schizophrenia

Cognitive Theory, Research, and Therapy

By Aaron T. Beck, Neil A. Rector, Neal Stolar, Paul Grant

Guilford Press – 2008 – 418 pages

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Aaron T. Beck: Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Nursing Centers Consortium!

From Aaron T. Beck and colleagues, this is the definitive work on the cognitive model of schizophrenia and its treatment. The volume integrates cognitive-behavioral and biological knowledge into a state-of-the-science conceptual framework. It comprehensively examines the origins, development, and maintenance of key symptom areas: delusions, hallucinations, negative symptoms, and formal thought disorder. Treatment chapters then offer concrete guidance for addressing each type of symptom, complete with case examples and session outlines. Anyone who treats or studies serious mental illness will find a new level of understanding and the latest theoretically and empirically grounded clinical techniques.

Reviews

"This book represents a major advance in the application of cognitive theory and therapy. It is fitting that the founder of cognitive therapy is now pioneering its use with people with schizophrenia, who were once thought to be virtually untreatable. The authors provide a groundbreaking integration of neurobiological and cognitive-behavioral approaches to understanding the disorder and improving patients' lives. Unique contributions of the book include the descriptions of cognitive distortions and cognitive triads specific to schizophrenia and the development of cognitive models of thought disorder and negative symptoms, which have been neglected until now." - Tony Morrison, University of Manchester, UK

"Synthesizing research on the psychology and biology of schizophrenia, Beck et al. show how a cognitive approach can be used to understand and treat even the most severely ill patient. This book is a masterpiece that challenges conventional thinking and describes one of the most exciting developments in psychiatry today. It is essential reading for all mental health professionals." - Richard Bentall, University of Bangor, Wales, UK

"The major achievement of [this book]… can… be seen in the integration of cognitive-behavioral and biological knowledge into a conceptual framework. This is achieved by comprehensively examining various domains of research on the origins, development, and maintenance of key symptoms… Four detailed chapters provide cognitive conceptualizations of delusions, hallucinations, negative symptoms, and formal thought disorder. These conceptualizations reflect the careful thinking of talented clinicians who have immersed themselves in their subject and achieved valuable insights… The chapters on treatment… offer concrete and detailed guidance for addressing each type of symptom, complete with case examples. They reflect the authors’ considerable experience disseminating this therapeutic approach and I expect even experienced clinicians to find them extremely helpful… It is fascinating to be reminded in this book of how much research in schizophrenia has expanded over the last decades. By bringing together a lot of this research and generating new ideas, this book is sure to add to further major developments in our ideas about schizophrenia." - Tania M. Lincoln, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 68, 2010

Contents

Overview of Schizophrenia. Biological Contributions. A Cognitive Conceptualization of Delusions. A Cognitive Model of Auditory Hallucinations. A Cognitive Conceptualization of Negative Symptoms. A Cognitive Conceptualization of Formal Thought Disorder. Assessment. Engagement and Fostering the Therapeutic Relationship. Cognitive Assessment and Therapy of Delusions. Cognitive Assessment and Therapy of Auditory Hallucinations. Cognitive Assessment and Therapy of Negative Symptoms. Cognitive Assessment and Therapy of Formal Thought Disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Pharmacotherapy. An Integrative Cognitive Model of Schizophrenia. Appendices. Appendix A: Beck Cognitive Insight Scale (BCIS). Appendix B: Scoring and Interpretation of the Beck Cognitive Insight Scale (BCIS). Appendix C: Suggested Outline for Initial Psychological/Psychiatric Evaluation. Appendix D: Cognitive Assessment of Psychosis Inventory (CAPI). Appendix E: Cognitive Triads for Delusional Beliefs. Appendix F: Common Cognitive Distortions also Seen in Patients with Psychosis. Appendix G: Cognitive Distortions Specific to Psychosis. Appendix H: Thought Disorder Rating Scale (THORATS).

Author Bio

Aaron T. Beck, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Neil A. Rector, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada; Neal Stolar, MD-PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA; and Paul Grant, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, USA

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Description: By Aaron T. Beck, Neil A. Rector, Neal Stolar, Paul Grant. Aaron T. Beck: Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Nursing Centers Consortium! From Aaron T. Beck and colleagues, this is the definitive work on the cognitive model of schizophrenia and its treatment. The volume integrates...
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