A second edition of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD (Guilford Press, 2004) is currently in preparation. In addition to updating chapters, the second edition will include new chapters on OCD subtypes such as fear of contamination, checking and doubting, repugnant obsessions, and order/symmetry obsessions. As well, the revision will focus much more specifically on CBT models and treatment of OCD, with descriptions on how to offer targeted cognitive and behavioral interventions for various types of obsessions and compulsions.
Unwanted negative intrusive thoughts play an important role in the persistence and severity of anxiety and depression. They often take the form of obsessive thinking, worry, rumination or pathological guilt. This self-help book targets negative intrusive thoughts, introducing therapeutic strategies based on new findings on the nature of mental control. Chapters focus on how to identify problematic intrusive thoughts, correct fauly appraisals of intrusion significance, refrain from ineffective mental control strategies, adopt more effective mental self-control, and boost the effects of positive mental intrusions. The book is currently in preparation, with an estimated publication date of March, 2018 in the US by New Habinger and the UK by Little Brown.
Approximately two-thirds of individuals with an anxiety disorder achieve clinically significant symptom improvement with standard cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) but only 25% - 40% achieve symptom-free status. Thus a significant number of anxious clients (25%-33%) show a poor treatment response. This one-day workshop addresses the problem of failed or, at best, minimal response to CBT in the anxiety disorders. It begins with an analysis of treatment failure, the nature of treatment-resistant anxiety, and the limitations of standard CBT. The remainder of the workshop focuses on innovations in theory, assessment, case conceptualization, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral experiments that target specific features of treatment resistant anxiety. This is an intermediate level workshop intended for mental health professionals with at least a basic understanding of CBT and clinical experience in the treatment of anxiety. Workshop participants will learn to (a) address poor treatment response in order to prevent discontinuation, (b) incorporate resistance issues into case formulation and goal setting, (c) tailor psychoeducation to increase “buy-in” of reluctant clients, (d) modify cognitive and behavioral strategies that target emotional reasoning, distress intolerance, and homework noncompliance, (e) treat excessive mental control effort, and (f) modify excessive fear of losing control.