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best CBT book?

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by spaslam, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. spaslam

    spaslam 2+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2006
    I want to get a practical book on CBT that is easy reading before I start residency. Any suggestions?
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  3. LM02

    LM02 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2004
    Judy Beck's Basics and Beyond is considered to be the basic text of CBT for depression - it's an easy read and should give you a good flavor for the treatment.

    However, you should also remember that CBT for specific disorders is somewhat variable (e.g., CBT for OCD is quite different than CBT for depression). I still think that the Judy Beck book will be the most useful, but a great volume outlining CBT for specific disorders is Dave Barlow's Clinical Handbook. It's invaluable - there's a chapter on each of the major disorders, with a thorough review of the literature, description of treatment procedures, and a vignette. It's excellent, but a bit dense.
  4. Therapist4Chnge

    Therapist4Chnge Neuropsych Ninja Faculty Faculty Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    The Beach
    Definitely start with "Basics & Beyond", and one you get a handle on that, you can expand into more spec. disorders as needed.

  5. meelu

    meelu 2+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    check out this website:

    this guy lectures at our residency sometimes and is pretty good- I haven't read his new book though so perhaps browsing it first would be helpful

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