The Principles Of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Perspective on Treatment Beck et al (1985) states that there are 10 principles of cognitive behavioral therapy. These principles are the foundation of the therapy. The principles discuss how the cognitive model is used as a basis for interventions. The principles go on to demonstrate that cognitive therapy is a brief intervention. Since the therapy is so brief it is important to stay on task in the therapeutic work being done. Since cognitive behavioral therapy is also time limited it needs to be structured. Another factor is that it is a problem-oriented intervention. A warm therapeutic relationship is the basis for this intervention technique. Not only is a sound relationship required, the work should be collaborative between the two individuals. This incorporates the expertise of the therapist on the theory and the expertise of the client on themselves. The therapy uses questions and answers between the therapist and client to process the client’s distorted thinking. One principle stresses the educational factor of this model. Another principle follows this educational piece and requires homework for clients. The final idea of the principles is that therapist use inductive thinking to process the client’s thoughts and ideas. Status of Current Empirical Support for the Model Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the common treatment theories in today’s theoretical models. Butler, Chapman, Forman, and Beck (2006) conducted a meta-analysis on treatment outcomes done
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