Personalized Exposure Therapy: A Person-Centered Transdiagnostic Approach

ISBN : 9780190602451

Jasper A.J. Smits; Mark B. Powers; Michael W. Otto
240 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2019
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Evidence overwhelmingly shows that exposure therapy is effective for the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Its adoption into clinical practice has been slow, however-in part because the available one-size-fits-all manuals often leave patients and clinicians unsatisfied.
Personalized Exposure Therapy provides expert guidance to clinicians on conducting exposure-based interventions in a targeted and flexible fashion. Providing detailed information on a range of strategies for maximizing clinical outcomes from exposure, this book features a case formulation approach that personalizes the timing and nature of exposure practice. Case examples, scripts, and worksheets, presented in a practical, mentor-based format for planning and enacting individual sessions, ensure that clinical procedures are readily accessible for in-session use. Personalized Exposure Therapy is appropriate for early-career and experienced clinicians alike, and will also be suitable for use in graduate courses in clinical psychology, counselling, social work, nursing and psychiatry.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Thinking Through Exposure
Chapter 3: General Approach
Chapter 4: Assessing Success
Chapter 5: Fear of Emotions and Related Physical Sensations
Chapter 6: Fear of People
Chapter 7: Fear of Thoughts, Images, & Trauma Memories
Chapter 8: Combining Exposure Therapy with Medications
Chapter 9: Assessment Strategies
Chapter 10: Psychoeducation About Anxiety, Fear, and the Role of Exposure
Chapter 11: Bibliography

About the author: 

Dr. Jasper A. J. Smits is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs a research lab and clinic that focus on the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Among his core interests are developing strategies that enhance exposure therapy outcomes and the training of clinicians in the delivery of this empirically-supported intervention. Dr. Smits is a federally-funded investigator who has published over 200 articles, chapters, and books spanning his interests. He also is a member of the Scientific Council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, consults to industry, and provides regular workshops on the treatment of anxiety and related disorders at national and international meetings. Dr. Mark B. Powers is Director of Trauma Research at Baylor Scott & White, conducting federally funded projects at two Level 1 Trauma Centers including Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. He
collaborates with local police as a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management and Crisis/Hostage Negotiation teams. Dr. Powers is certified in prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD and Exposure with Ritual Prevention for OCD after training at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety with Dr. Edna Foa. He also served as a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. He has published over 150 articles, books, and book chapters, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Dr. Michael W. Otto is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy at Boston University. Dr. Otto has had a major career focus on developing and validating new psychosocial treatments for anxiety and mood disorders. His attention to principles underlying behavior-change successes includes research on addictive behaviors, medication adherence, sleep, and exercise. Across these areas
of interest, Dr. Otto has published over 400 articles and 20 books. He has served as President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and President of Division 12 of the American Psychological Association, and received the Division 12 award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology.

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