Training methods in cognitive behavioral therapy: Tradition and invention

Robert D. Friedberg, Gina Brelsford

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Cognitive behavioral supervisors influence new generations of clients and clinicians. Accordingly, the task is meaningful, rewarding, challenging, and critically important. This article describes traditional and unconventional approaches to supervising clinicians in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Traditional methods such as the use of the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale, videotape/audiotape review, live supervision, and cotherapy are reviewed. Further, inventive procedures for teaching supervisees cognitive flexibility,empathy, tolerance for ambiguity, and remaining steadfast when faced with negative emotional arousal are explained. Popular media, improvisation and acting exercises, and workingwith professional actors as teaching methods are explained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-29
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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