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Month: July 2009

Adult ADHD: The Effects of Group CBT

A recent study in the Journal of Attention Disorders showed that brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group sessions help to significantly decrease the psychological consequences of ADHD. Adults diagnosed with ADHD are more likely than other adults to suffer from a range of social and emotional consequences, including co-morbid disorders. These comorbid disorders include anxiety, depression, personality disorder, substance abuse, academic underachievement, occupational problems, social interaction and relationship difficulties, low…
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Repeat Suicide Attempts Reduced by CBT

A randomized control study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to be effective in reducing the number of repeat suicide attempts in adults. Past research had focused on intensive follow-up treatment or intensive case management, interpersonal psychotherapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy for the preventative treatment of suicide attempts, but empirical evidence for the efficacy of these therapies has been limited. The current study…
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CBT Meta-Analysis Review is Most Downloaded Article in CPR

It looks as if the research efficacy of Cognitive Therapy is becoming more well-known. Clinical Psychology Review is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes substantive reviews of topics relevant to clinical psychology. The most downloaded article from this important journal is The empirical status of cognitive-behavioral therapy: A review of meta-analyses (Volume 26, Issue 1, January 2006, Pages 17-31), authored by Andrew C. Butler, Jason E. Chapman, Evan M. Forman and…
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Beliefs Can Interfere with Treatment Adherence

I recently read an interesting case description on a professional listserv about a "difficult" client who was not fully adherent with treatment. Apparently he argued with his therapist and did little homework outside of the session. It was apparent to me that the therapist had made a mistake. She was continuing to try to deliver "standard" CBT treatment, without attending to the therapeutic relationship sufficiently. I hypothesized that the client…
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Empirically Validated Treatments

There have been very interesting posts on the www.academyofct.org listserv this week, about the necessity (1) to validate the theory underpinning a particular treatment approach, (2) to insure that treatment is based on this validated formulation, and (3) to validate the efficacy of the treatment itself. A particular technique or strategy, devoid of a coherent and tested underlying theory, should not be labeled as an "empirically validated treatment," much less…
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