COGNITIVE THERAPY OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS, 2nd Edition
Aaron T. Beck, Arthur Freeman, and Associates
Guilford Publications, 2004
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES The reader will be able to:
• Describe the current clinical research about beliefs and attitudes that characterize each of the personality disorders
• Describe the reasons for non-compliance
• Describe research and practice through a review of literature, addressing referral, diagnosis, treatment, and schema formation
• Describe detailed individualized treatments for each of the personality disorders
• Describe what elements are the main focus in a typical cognitive therapy program for personality disorders
• Describe what a therapist may gain during “downward arrow” questioning
• Describe what is the main goal of cognitive therapy of Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD)
• Describe what empirical studies of patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) have found
• Describe the health risks for patients with Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD)
• Describe whether group therapy is effective for treating patients with Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD)
Aaron T. Beck, M.D., is Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 300 articles, 9 books, and 20 book chapters and has received many honors and awards. He has been listed as one of the most influential psychotherapists by both the AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST and the CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGIST.
Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
This important work presents a cognitive framework for understanding and treating personality disorders. In one volume, Aaron T. Beck and his distinguished coauthors offer both a comprehensive overview of scientific knowledge and a detailed guide to individualized treatment. Part I lays out the conceptual, empirical, and clinical foundations of effective work with this highly challenging population, and Part II describes the process of cognitive-behavioral therapy for each of the specific disorders. Chapters demonstrate the nuts and bolts of differential diagnosis, case conceptualization, and intervention, with particular attention to therapeutic impasses and how to overcome them.