Against and For CBT: Towards a constructive dialogue?
ISBN 978 1 906254 10 0 (2008)
This book offers a wide range of critical perpectives on cogntive-behavioural therapy (CBT) from around the world, and substantial responses to them. It represents the first attempt to engage in print wih the controversies and complexities that exercised — sometimes painfully — the therapy and counselling world, since CBT has risen to such cultural prominence as Western goverments take a serious interest in the psychological therapies as intruments of public policy making. Essential reading for mental health practitioners who are concerned with understanding the phenomenon that is 'CBT and its discontents'. Core reading on IAPT/CBT and contrasting modalities training courses interested in critical engagement.
Professor Andrew Samuels & Professor Stephen Palmer
1. Introduction: An exploration of the criticisms of CBT
Richard House & Del Loewenthal
CBT PERSPECTIVES & RESPONSES
2. What is CBT Really and How Can We Enhance the Impact of Effective Psychotherapies Such As CBT?
3. The Case for CBT: A practical perspective from the NHS front line
4. A Response to the Chapters
5. Behaviour Therapy and the Ideology of Modernity: Revisited
Robert L. Woolfolk and Frank Richardson
6. CBT in Historico-Cultural Perspective
7. Cognitive-behavioural Therapy and Evidence-Based Practice: Past,
present and future
8. Cognitive Therapy, Cartesianism and the Moral Order
Patrick Bracken & Philip Thomas
9. Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Rival paradigms or common ground?
10. Person-Centred Therapy, A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
11. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: From rationalism to constructivism?
David A. Winter
12. Post-Existentialism as a Reaction to CBT?
13. Considering the Dialogic Potentials of Cognitive Therapy
Tom Strong, Mishka Lysack & Olga Sutherland
EPISTEMOLOGICAL AND RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES
14. Thinking Thoughtfully About Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
John D. Kaye
15. CBT and Empirically Validated Therapies: Infiltrating codes of ethics
Christy Bryceland & Henderikus J. Stam
16. Empirically Supported/Validated Treatments as Modernist Ideology,I: Dodo, marginalization, and the paradigm question
Arthur C. Bohart & Richard House
17. Empirically Supported/Validated Treatments as Modernist Ideology,II: Alternative perspectives on research and practice
Richard House & Arthur C. Bohart
18. Where is the Magic in Cognitive Therapy? Philo/psychological investigation
POLITICAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES
19. CBT’s Integration into Societal Networks of Power
20. CBT: The obscuring of power in the name of science
21. Reading ‘Happiness’: CBT and the Layard thesis
22. CBT and the French Connection: L’anti-livre noir de la psychoanalyse
23. Beck Never Lived in Birmingham: Why Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be a less helpful treatment for psychological distress than is often supposed
Paul Moloney & Paul Kelly
24. Conclusion: Contesting therapy paradigms about what it means to be human
Del Loewenthal & Richard House
This is a book that had to come. The alleged superiority and fantasized unstoppable ascendancy of CBT over the last few years has constituted a bubble that had to be burst ... This is an unusually intelligent book that invites the reader straight into the heart of the debate and proceeds to lay out multiple challenging angles on CBT by accomplished writers, largely from the Anglo-American world ... This is undoubtedly one of few counselling and psychotherapy books really to take on in an urgent and necessary way such a hotly debated contemporary topic. It is thoughtfully nuanced in ways that CBT literature seldom is. I sincerely hope that Layard, for one, will read it. Colin Feltham, Professor of Critical Counselling, Sheffield Hallam University, until 2010.