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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Couples and Families


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Mechanics of Change with Couples and Families
3. The Schema Component in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
4. The Role of Neurobiological Processes
5. Methods of Clinical Assessment
6. Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques
7. Special Topics
8. Enhancements to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
9. Case Examples
10. Epilogue
Appendix A. Questionnaires and Inventories for Couples and Families
Appendix B. Dysfunctional Thought Record

About the Author

Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, holds faculty positions with the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is also in the private practice of clinical and forensic psychology and marital and family therapy in Allentown, Pennsylvania. With more than 280 professional publications in the areas of couple and family problems, anxiety and behavioral disorders, and forensic and clinical psychology, Dr. Dattilio has presented extensively on CBT throughout the world. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages and are used in over 80 countries. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Contemporary Family Therapy. Dr. Dattilio is a recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy, including, most recently, the MFT of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


"Dattilio provides an excellent description of the development of cognitive-behavioral couple and family therapy and its underlying principles and constructs. He offers a thought-provoking and stimulating discussion of how attachment theory and schema therapy can inform and improve couple and family treatments. Of particular value are the book's clinically rich, vivid case examples. Seasoned clinicians and students alike will find Dattilio's descriptions of his interactions with couples and families to be pragmatic, flexible, integrative, and highly engaging. He is an excellent role model for how to be a sensitive and effective clinician with a variety of clients; I know I will rely on this book a great deal to train new therapists."--Kristina Coop Gordon, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee "Sweeping in scope, and backed by a thorough review of the literature, this book is an outstanding contribution to the cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) literature. Dattilio covers a great deal of ground clearly and brings the reader up to date on the latest developments in the field. The book's integration of key techniques from systemic and family therapy into a CBT model makes it a core text for every therapist's library."--Antony Kidman, PhD, Director, Health Psychology Unit, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia

"This book is a 'must read' for therapists and researchers in the family field. As a comprehensive guide to cognitive-behavioral therapy with families, it will make a great textbook to be enjoyed by many generations of students. The book is a wonderful integration of research findings and case studies; the latter are especially delightful to read, and will serve as a model for students as well as for experienced therapists."--Cloe Madanes, LIC, HDL, President, The Madanes Institute, La Jolla, California

"Dattilio succeeds in presenting a comprehensive model of CBT with couples and families....A particular strength inherent in Dattilio's writing is his ability to integrate clinical practice informed by and supported by research, leading to evidence-based practice to which we all aspire. He does this by creating a balance of science, theory, practice, and techniques, punctuated by clinical vignettes....This is a must read book for CBT practitioners and couple and family practitioners."--The National Psychologist

"This book achieves the difficult task of being clinically engaging and warm yet empirically rigorous. As a clinician, I appreciate the numerous clinical examples and careful balance between theory and technique. It is a fun book to read, and is full of clinical guidance. As a researcher, I appreciate the breadth of research supporting his assertions. As a professor, I plan on using this as a core text in both my couple and family therapy courses. It is on my short list of must-read books for therapists regardless of preferred approach or years of experience."--American Journal of Family Therapy

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