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Containing multiple copies of blank worksheets, diaries and exercises suitable for a two-week course of treatment, this title helps the anxiety sufferer to write directly into the workbook, allowing him or her to trace progress over the course of treatment, monitor behaviour and record step-by-step improvement.
This book owes its existence to an ideal, a burning frustration, and a trusted believer. The ideal was the sense that governed my feelings about systematic desensitization during my early introduction to its benefits. It is hard to put into words the initial doubts that pervaded me during my first attempt with desensitization with a seriously phobic client, as I re- ligiously worked my way through the procedure: "Will this client really become relaxed? And then what-will the visualization actually occur? And then what-will the fear really vanish, just like that?" And oh, the feeling of discovery, and validation, when indeed the process worked, and worked well. Desensitization was everything it was claimed to be: systematic, clean, theoretically grounded, empirically tested, applicable as a behavioral technology regardless of one's own theoretical bias. And there were testable outcomes; concrete evidence for change. So I became invested and aimed at doing more with desensitization. My students and I raised some theoretical questions in order to open the doors for revising the desensitization to improve on its applications. We tested the rapidity with which desensitization could be accomplished, shortening the time by shortening the anxiety hierarchy. Along with others, we studied the question of group delivery, and reducing the total number of sessions, as well as examining the use of audiotaped delivery of services.
This valuable handbook presents clear guidelines for conducting effective treatment procedures for children suffering from anxiety and phobic disorders, allowing clinicians to maintain high standards of care in their practice. The authors adapt key theoretical concepts and findings from ongoing research to develop practical assessment and intervention procedures. In addition, they highlight their 'transfer control' approach and describe its implementation in their exposure-based treatment program. Chapters include several helpful case studies to illustrate how to overcome treatment obstacles.