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Contemporary Behavior Therapy, 5th Edition

  • Michael D. Spiegler
  • David C. Guevremont
  • ISBN-10: 049550906X
  • ISBN-13: 9780495509066
  • 640 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2003, 1998, 1993
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

This respected up-to-date survey of contemporary behavior therapy synthesizes the clinical, research, theoretical, and ethical facets of behavior therapy. It is simultaneously an introduction for beginning students and a scholarly review and resource for advanced students. The book is comprehensive, covering all the major behavioral and cognitive therapies. The wealth of case studies illustrate the application of behavior therapy techniques to a wide array of problems and clinical populations. The text's multidisciplinary approach includes applications to diverse fields, including psychology, education, social work, nursing, and rehabilitation.


  • Basic, unifying principles and themes are presented early and then illustrated and discussed throughout the book.

  • Clinical, research, theoretical, and ethical facets of behavior therapy are integrated to provide a comprehensive understanding of the field.

  • Student-friendly text is easy to read with an inviting writing style and student relevancy.

  • Students appreciate the active learning approach, use of behavioral principles in the text itself, and unique conceptual schemes that organize this diverse field.

About the Author

Michael D. Spiegler

Michael D. Spiegler (Ph.D., clinical psychology, Vanderbilt University, 1969) has been director of the Community Training Center at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, was on the faculty at the University of Texas, Austin, and currently is Professor of Psychology at Providence College.

David C. Guevremont

David C. Guevremont (Ph.D., child clinical psychology, West Virginia University, 1987) has been on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, in private practice, and presently is a clinical psychologist for the Woonsocket Education Department.

Table of Contents

1. Behavior Therapy: Introduction.
2. Antecedents of Contemporary Behavior Therapy.
3. The Behavioral Model.
4. The Process of Behavior Therapy.
5. Behavioral Assessment.
6. Acceleration Behavior Therapy: Stimulus Control and Reinforcement.
7. Deceleration Behavior Therapy: Differential Reinforcement, Punishment, and Aversion Therapy.
8. Combining Reinforcement and Punishment: Token Economy, Contingency Contract, and Behavioral Parent Training.
9. Exposure Therapy: Brief/Graduated.
10. Exposure Therapy: Prolonged/Intense.
11. Modeling Therapy: Vicarious Extinction and Skills Training.
12. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive Restructuring.
13. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Coping Skills.
14. Third-Generation Behavior Therapies: Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Interventions.
15. Applications of Behavior Therapy to Medical Disorders.
16. Applications of Behavior Therapy to Psychological Disorders with Primary Physical Characteristics.
17. Contemporary Behavior Therapy in Perspective: Strengths and Challenges.

New to this edition

  • Thorough updating including the latest developments in the field and over 550 new references.
  • Increased emphasis on behavior therapy application to culturally diverse clients.
  • New coverage of cutting-edge therapies, including behavioral activation, functional analytic psychotherapy, and cognitive reprocessing therapy.
  • Expanded discussion of relapse prevention, integrated behavioral couple therapy, treatment of addictive behaviors, and treatment of PTSD related to the Iraq War, and the latest methods for evaluating treatments.
  • All new chapter on third-generation behavior therapies, including major sections on ACT, DBT, and MBCT.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495509078 | ISBN-13: 9780495509073)

Contains chapter outlines, learning objectives, and multiple-choice items.