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Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders: A Step by Step Treatment Manual

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First published in 1985, this comprehensive and thoroughly updated clinical handbook, now in its fifth edition, serves as an up to date and authoritative step by step treatment manual for mental health practitioners. This new edition continues to represent a distinct departure from other books containing reviews of advances in the treatment of psychological disorders from the perspective of evidence-based practice. This clinical reference and widely adopted text is recognized as the premier guide to understanding and treating frequently encountered psychological disorders in adults. Showcasing evidence-based psychotherapy models, the volume addresses the most pressing question asked by students and practitioners—“How do I do it?” Leading authorities present state-of-the-art information on each clinical problem and explain the conceptual and empirical bases of their respective therapeutic approaches. Procedures for assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, and intervention are described in detail. Extended case examples with session transcripts illustrate each component of treatment.

This course is based on the book, Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders: A Step by Step Treatment Manual created by David H. Barlow in 2014.


The Guilford Press

Publication Date:

Fifth Edition, 2014

Course Material Author

David H. Barlow, editor

David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Barlow has published over 500 articles and book chapters and over 60 books and clinical manuals-primarily in the areas of emotional disorders and clinical research methodology. His books include Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders, Fifth Edition, Handbook of Assessment and Treatment Planning for Psychological Disorders, Second Edition, and Anxiety and Its Disorders, Second Edition. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including, most recently, the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is past president of the Society of Clinical Psychology and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and past editor of the journals Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice and Behavior Therapy. Dr. Barlow's research has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 40 years.

David H. Barlow authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.
Dr. Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years in research, clinical and consulting practice. He has also held leadership roles in research administration and program evaluation and more recently has specialized in program evaluation and system analysis. He draws upon his years of expertise as a practicing psychologist, administrator, researcher and technologist to help universities evaluate their programs to implement, meet, and maintain CACREP standards.

Recommended For:

Mental health practioners engaged in individual and/or group therapy.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the nature of panic and agoraphobia and their features, historical treatments, maintenance factors, treatment variables, as well as the components and overall efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, especially as illustrated in the chapter case studies.
  2. Identify and describe the symptom criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder, the theoretical models for PTSD, approaches to the assessment of this condition, and the types of therapy for PTSD as described in the case study descriptions.
  3. Describe the impact of social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder on overall functioning, identify the subtypes of these disorders, summarize the treatment outcome literature and describe the treatment rationale from a cognitive-behavioral prespective, including treatment related variables, pre-treatment assessment, and treatment principles/logistics provided in the text and included in chapter case studies.
  4. Define and describe obsessive-compulsive disorder including its prevalence, course, comorbidity, and diagnostic challenges related to differential diagnosis. Describe salient features of cognitive and behavioral models for the acquisition and maintenance of fear and avoidant behavior, the varied aspects of treatment, including complications during behavioral treatment.
  5. Recognize and apply the principles of acceptance-based behavior therapy for generalized anxiety disorders, including the role of concurrent pharmacological treatments, clinical assessment, and treatment elements.
  6. Identify and describe the stated rational, treatment variables, approach to assessment, and treatment components set forth in the eight treatment modules that comprise a unified transdiagnostic protocol for emotional disorders.
  7. Recognize and apply reported research on cognitive therapy for depression and relapse prevention, the cognitive model for depression, schema theory, patient-therapist collaboration, the cognitive therapy process, interpersonal psychotherapy for depression as well as behavioral activation for depression.
  8. Identify and describe the various treatment approaches presented in this chapter, emphasizing dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the evidence for DBT, stages of DBT therapy, the structuring of this treatment, and the DBT strategies provided herein.
  9. Recognize and describe the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder, the role of drug treatment in the stabilization of this disorder, the vulnerability-stress model of recurrence, and the results of treatment outcome studies. Describe the context of therapy for this disorder, along with the process of pretreatment assessment as well as the treatment process itself.
  10. Identify and describe the development and application of cognitive behavioral therapy for schizophrenia, including; the research evidence, theoretical advances, basic clinical principles, condition background and associated factors, the context of therapy, the Manchester Model of cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention.
  11. Recognize and describe salient aspects concerning the definition and diagnosis of alcohol and drug use disorders, theoretical models for these disorders, assessment techniques, and treatment methods as described in this text.
  12. Recognize and describe aspects of an evidence-based relationship and responsiveness for depression and substance abuse, including an overview of the author's approach, research evidence as to efficacy, and application of the approach in terms of the various treatment formats and aspects.
  13. Define and describe the process of human sleep, disorders related to sleep, diagnostic and theoretical considerations regarding these disorders, and the basis for delivering cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia.
  14. Describe the psychopathology of the eating disorders, the mechanisms that cause them, and the use of transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral treatment designed to disrupt these mechanisms.
  15. Describe and compare traditional behavioral couple therapy (TBCT) with integrative behavioral couple therapy (IBCT) in terms of treatment outcomes, focus, and application of therapy. Identify and describe the IBCT view of concerning the etiology of couple distress, its approach to assessment and treatment, and evidence for efficacy.

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