Evidence-Based Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Second Edition

Deborah Dobson and Keith S. Dobson

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From an experienced clinician and a prominent psychotherapy researcher, this book synthesizes the evidence base for cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and translates it into practical clinical guidelines. Therapists and students learn how to implement core CBT techniques, why and how they work, and what to do when faced with gaps in scientific knowledge. Vivid case examples illustrate what evidence-based strategies look like in action with real-world clients who may have multiple presenting problems. The authors also separate CBT myths from facts and discuss ways to manage common treatment challenges.

New to This Edition

“Novice and experienced therapists will find the book useful for planning and conducting therapy. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.”

Choice Reviews

“This is an excellent book on the basics of cognitive-behavioral therapy, written by experts and including wonderful case illustrations that show how to apply the theory. It would be a great addition to a graduate student’s library.”

Doody's Review Service

“This book is well written and easy to read and an invaluable resource. I would recommend it to novices and seasoned practitioners.”

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic (on the first edition)

“A volume that is relevant for all clinicians who embrace the scientist-practitioner model....One of the biggest strengths of this book is that it contains an impressive amount of information, offering both breadth and depth….This book provides a practical guide to common elements of CBT for practitioners who are interested in making good use of available evidence to help their clients to get better.”

Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (on the first edition)

“In this second edition of their influential text, Dobson and Dobson provide an update and elaboration of CBT that should be part of every clinician's toolkit. Using concrete examples, the authors cover the full range of CBT techniques that are based on clear research evidence.”

—Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University

“Dobson and Dobson have written an important book that bridges science and practice for students and clinicians alike. The evidence base for the efficacy of CBT has long been established in a multitude of research studies, but practitioners vary widely in the methods they use. This book provides an overview of successful treatments and demonstrates how to use CBT principles in an evidence-based way to plan and deliver treatment.”

—Judith S. Beck, PhD, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

“An outstanding resource for clinicians at any level who want to add depth to their command of CBT. Reading this book is like consulting with a wise and generous colleague or supervisor. The authors detail the practical nuances of how to proceed from start to finish, including suggestions for overcoming obstacles. The clinical examples are vivid and abundant. Areas of confusion and overlap among models are explained, myths are addressed, and technical adaptations are highlighted. The updated second edition offers a concise synthesis of the relevant research literature that is geared precisely to the practicing clinician. I plan to use this book as a text in my psychotherapy course.”

—Denise D. Davis, PhD, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University

“Dobson and Dobson offer a detailed and thorough yet highly readable resource that can be used by students and practitioners in all areas of mental health. The chapters flow in a way that nicely mimics all the steps in the therapy process that an expert in CBT would take in order to set up the treatmentfor success. Along the way, Dobson and Dobson provide practical guidelines, tools for assessment, strategies for in-session structure, and tips for successful homework and enhancing motivation. I especially like the 'myth boxes' and the ongoing case example that continues throughout the book.”

—Simon A. Rego, PsyD, ABPP, Chief Psychologist, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and the Context of Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

2. Assessment for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

3. Integration and Case Formulation

4. Setting the Stage for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy through Building Alliance and Planning Ahead

5. Beginning Treatment: Structuring Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

6. Behavioral Work: Increasing Skills

7. Behavioral Work: Decreasing Avoidance

8. Cognitive Work: Identifying Targets

9. Cognitive Work: Addressing Negative Thinking

10. Cognitive Work: Working with Core Beliefs and Schemas

11. Completion of Treatment and Prevention of Relapse

12. Challenges in Conducting Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

13. The Research Context of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Appendix A. The Cognitive Therapy Scale

Appendix B. Review Articles Regarding the Efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

About the Authors

Deborah Dobson, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has served as Director of Clinical Training for the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency program and began the first certificate program in CBT in Western Canada in 2014. Dr. Dobson served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies from 2010 to 2016. She is a recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for her advocacy work with the Canadian Mental Health Association–Calgary Region. Dr. Dobson's professional interests include client advocacy and access to empirically supported treatments, clinical training and supervision, and CBT for anxiety disorders.

Keith S. Dobson, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and a Principal Investigator for the Opening Minds program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with a focus on stigma reduction in the workplace. His research has focused on both cognitive models and CBT for depression. Dr. Dobson has published over 230 articles and chapters, 13 books, two DVDs, and one DVD series. He is a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. Dr. Dobson is a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology and the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Psychology from the Canadian Psychological Association, among other honors.


Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses; graduate students and trainees.

Course Use

Serves as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2009
ISBN: 9781606230206
New to this edition: