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Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Counselors

Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Counselors

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January 2015 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written from the common factors perspective, this scholarly yet engaging book introduces the historical development, process, evaluation, and application methods of Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). To help counselors in training apply cognitive behavioral theories to practice, the book offers specific suggestions for how a culturally competent, contemporary proponent of REBT/CBT could integrate multicultural adaptations into his or her counseling practice, provides transcripts of actual client sessions, and presents a case study that uses REBT and CBT in treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Counselors is part of the SAGE Theories for Counselors Series that includes Psychoanalytic Approaches for Counselors, by Frederick Redekop, and Person-Centered Approaches for Counselors, by Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White.

Albert Ellis and REBT  
Aaron Beck and CBT  
New Perspectives on the Therapeutic Relationship  
Chapter 1: Client and Relationship in REBT/CBT
The Therapeutic Alliance  
Bonds, Goals, and Tasks  
Components of the Alliance in REBT/CBT  
Stages in Developing the Alliance  
Assessing the Therapeutic Alliance in REBT/CBT  
Research Supporting the Alliance in REBT/CBT  
Rational Humorous Songs  
Chapter 2: Basic Tenets of REBT/CBT
REBT in a Nutshell  
CBT in a Nutshell  
Effectiveness of REBT/CBT  
Common Factors and Challenges of the Medical Model  
Chapter 3: Evolution of CBT/REBT
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy  
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  
Neuroscience and REBT/CBT  
Chapter 4: Multiculturalism
Emergence of Multicultural Awareness in Counseling and Psychology  
Challenges and Contemporary Concerns  
Culturally Competent REBT/CBT  
Recommendations for Counselors  
Chapter 5: A Case Illustration Using REBT/CBT
The Case of Jessie  
Rational Emotive Education and REBT/CBT Techniques for Children  
Evidenced-Based Practice  
Coping Cat Program  
CBT/REBT Exercises With Children and Adolescents  
Chapter 6: Conclusion


Student Study Site

The Student Study Site includes:

  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes for each chapter allows for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
Key features


  • REBT/CBT therapies are presented with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship from a common factors perspective.
  • An in-depth case study in Chapter 5 illustrates how the theory presented is translated into practice.
  • Research demonstrating that REBT/CBT is highly compatible with major world religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam is imparted.
  • The author shows that as “third wave” cognitive therapies—such as Mindfulness-Based CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy—evolved, these approaches incorporated elements of spirituality into treatments while continuing to emphasize the therapeutic alliance. 

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