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Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Counselors

Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Counselors

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. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

For instructors

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