Empirically based treatment protocols distill the results of carefully designed and replicable scientific studies into a step-by-step, session-by-session treatment plan. Effective protocols save time, increase the probability of obtaining good results, make it easier to train and supervise new therapists, and satisfy the needs of third parties to know that the proposed treatment follows the best available practices.
All of the therapist protocols in the Best Practices series share these common features:
•A consistent format and organization
•A detailed, session-by-session treatment program that includes worksheets, homework assignments, in-session treatment exercises, and didactic material
•Specific assessment measures—both for the target disorder and for the overall treatment program
•A treatment plan summary for managed care requirements
Each therapist protocol is accompanied by its own corresponding step-by-step client manual, containing all the education materials, worksheets, and skill-building assignments that the client will need.
About the Author
John R. White, Ph.D., is the author of Overcoming Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and empirically based CBT treatment protocol published by New Harbinger. He is also an editor with Art Freedman, Ed.D. of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapies, published by APA Books in 2000. As Adjunct Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology-Alameda he teaches the Advanced Clinical Series in CBT and serves as Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University, School of Education for counseling Psychology graduate students. After graduating from CSPP and completing NIMH post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center he took two years of extramural training at the Cognitive Therapy Center of Philadelphia with Aaron T. Beck, M.D. He maintains a private practice in Fremont, California and serves as Director of Psychological Services at Fremont Hospital where he developed its inpatient CBT program and manual. In the beginning he earned a Masters of Divinity at the Pacific School of Religion where he studied with Rollo May, Ph.D. Dr. White currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.