Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( Cbt )

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field of social work practice is built upon theories, models, and perspectives that are utilized when intervening with clients. Together and separately, each work towards understanding the client paradigm so that the social worker is able to effectively intervene and assist the client in achieving their goals. In review of Elizabeth’s assessment, the models of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychotherapy will be reviewed in detail to determine which is best to be applied to her presenting clinical symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely utilized intervention within the field of social work practice. According to Hepworth (2011), it is considered to be the cornerstone of cognitive behavioral approaches (p.408-09). CBT focuses on the premise that thoughts trigger an emotional response, which in turn triggers a behavior. It states that all behaviors are internally derived from our thoughts instead of being externally triggered. CBT is short term in duration and can provide rapid emotional progress since it is solution focused, often using concrete homework assignments to be able to assist clients in refocusing their current paradigm into something more constructive and positive in nature. Within CBT, the success (or failure) of client work is based upon accurate assessment and clear goal setting. It is the social worker’s role to hold the client accountable, encourage, listen and educate the client on the impact of their behaviors. In contrast

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