‘A must-read book for mental health practitioners of the 21st century’: second edition of CBT handbook

CBT Treatment Plans book coverSince the publication of the first edition in 2000, Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders has become one of the world’s most widely used texts on empirically supported cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Stephen J.F. Holland, Director of the Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy, is a coauthor of the edition with Robert L. Leahy and Lata K. McGinn.

CBT authorities and reviewers say the book is a “concise,” “all-inclusive” and “user-friendly” guide for therapists, graduate students and educators.

The first edition has been translated into a number of languages and is used by professionals, graduate students and psychiatry residents.  The second edition, published in 2012, incorporates important advances in theory, technique, and clinical research, including mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches.

The book provides basic information on depression and the six major anxiety disorders, along with step-by-step instructions for evidence-based assessment and intervention, illustrative case examples, and practical guidance for writing reports and dealing with third-party payers.

In a convenient large-size format, accompanied by a CD-ROM, the book features 74 reproducible client handouts, homework sheets, and therapist forms for assessment and record-keeping. The CD enables clinicians to rapidly generate individualized treatment plans, print extra copies of the forms, and find information on frequently prescribed medications.

Copies can be ordered from booksellers such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble or from the publisher, Guilford Press. The book is available as a Kindle or Nook ebook as well as a paperback.

Reviews of the Second Edition

“A gift to the mental health field. It is an excellent resource for practitioners, academics, and students of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, offering everything one needs to know about treating the major anxiety and mood disorders in one practical volume. Through every chapter, the appendices, and the CD-ROM, the authors go the extra mile to ensure comprehensive research coverage; explicate practical applications; and provide more than the standard collection of therapist tools, form, and assessments. The authors provide current, far-reaching research on each disorder in accessible, engaging language. Rather than emphasizing only one CBT approach, they review a range of treatment approaches (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, acceptance-based) within CBT for each disorder. They then compile every resource clinicians need at their fingertips to comprehensively assess and treat clients with a range of anxiety and mood disorders. The reproducible assessment forms and clinical hand-outs and worksheets alone make the book worth purchasing, but the authors offer so much more. . . . I not only use Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders regularly in practice myself, but when I read it I immediately switched to this text for my graduate-level CBT course — and my students all thanked me! I have never read such an all-inclusive and accessible volume on treatment approaches that will serve the majority of clients most CBT clinicians encounter. I give it my highest recommendation, and I laud the authors for the labor they devoted to this work — a work that promises to make life easier for clinicians while improving their understanding of CBT principles and the quality of their evidence-based practices.”

—Jill H. Rathus, Ph.D.,
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

“Evidence-based interventions — especially cognitive and behavioral therapies — will occupy a central role in the future of mental health care. Written by highly experienced clinicians and scholars, this volume (together with the included CD-ROM) has filled a crucial need since its original publication. The second edition provides up-to-date, hands-on recommendations and concrete guidelines for treating the most common anxiety and mood disorders using well-supported cognitive and behavioral strategies. This is a ‘must-read’ book for mental health practitioners of the 21st century and an essential teaching tool for future therapists in all disciplines.”

—Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D.,
Department of Psychology, Boston University

“This updated second edition incorporates the latest theory and research. The authors present a wide array of tried and tested techniques and show when and how to use them. The book includes detailed guidance on assessment and report writing and abundant material for direct use with clients. It should be part of every clinician’s CBT toolkit.”

—Adrian Wells, Ph.D., Division of Clinical Psychology,
University of Manchester, United Kingdom

“What an excellent resource! Comprehensive, concise, and easy to understand, the book offers a wonderful integration of theory, research, and clinical examples. A plethora of strategies and techniques are illustrated with session-by-session case studies. Essential reading for clinicians, this book should be a required text for any CBT course at the master’s or doctoral level.”

—David Dia, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., College of Social Work,
University of Tennessee

“I highly recommend this book. For the novice, the authors provide a concise overview of the major risk factors and empirical approaches for each of the anxiety and mood disorders. For clinicians at every level of experience, the book is chock full of techniques, charts, and tools for implementing cognitive and behavioral strategies, with plenty of case examples to illustrate the techniques. The authors provide fantastic guidance on how to address common barriers in implementing cognitive-behavioral therapy.”

—Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D., Department of Psychology,
University of California, Berkeley

“This is a well-written, concise, yet scholarly and informative volume that will be of great value to psychotherapy trainees and practitioners. The most important current information on cognitive-behavioral techniques for depression and anxiety is clearly summarized. Available clinical tools are presented in a very practical and user-friendly manner.”

—James E. Mitchell, M.D., President,
Neuropsychiatric Research Institute;
Christoferson Professor and Chair of Clinical Neuroscience,
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

“Provides exactly what it suggests — a reference for clinicians about methods and practical interventions for a number of psychological disorders. . . . This manual provides an excellent reference guide for any graduate student or therapist considering using CBT in a short-term treatment plan.”

—Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

“The layout of each chapter, as well as the included sample treatment plans and patient forms, greatly facilitates the implementation of treatment within a busy practice.”

—Clinical Psychology Review

Praise for the First Edition

“This book is a landmark contribution to the growing literature of cognitive therapy for mental disorders. It is reader-friendly and deals with complex issues in clear, understandable fashion. It is just the answer for clinicians working in managed care settings as well as in private practice.”

—Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

“This pragmatic handbook presents the nitty-gritty details of empirically supported cognitive-behavioral conceptualizations and interventions for clients with depression and anxiety. . . . Clinicians who read this book and follow its methods can feel confident they are providing top-quality care.”

—Jacqueline B. Persons, Ph.D.

“This book provides clinicians with essential guidelines to treat patients. . . . It should prove very useful for clinicians or clinicians-in-training who want to learn how to conduct short-term treatment through an empirically validated approach.

—Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.