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Contemporary Behavior Therapy, 6th Edition

  • Michael D. Spiegler
  • ISBN-10: 1305269217
  • ISBN-13: 9781305269217
  • 672 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2003, 1998
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

This comprehensive, respected, and up-to-date survey of contemporary behavior therapy synthesizes the clinical, research, theoretical, and ethical facets of behavior therapy. Serving as both an introduction for beginning students and as a scholarly review and resource for advanced students, CONTEMPORARY BEHAVIOR THERAPY, Sixth Edition covers all the major behavioral and cognitive therapies. The wealth of case studies illustrates 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.


  • Already a book that students easily learn from because of its organization and engaging writing, the sixth edition further enhances the pedagogical features and style.

  • Active learning is promoted throughout the book, behavioral principles are incorporated in the writing, and unique conceptual schemes organize the diverse field of behavior therapy-all of which enhance students' learning.

  • Basic principles and themes are presented early and then illustrated and discussed throughout.

  • All Participation Exercises now include two new features: greater integration with the narrative and immediate feedback via answers provided for some of the exercises.

  • Clinical, research, theoretical, and ethical issues are integrated to provide a comprehensive understanding of the 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.

Table of Contents

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

New to this edition

  • New Case Studies, In Theory features, photos, and figures facilitate students' learning and retention of concepts.
  • Thoroughly updated with some 600 new references after the author's review of more than 3,000 articles, chapters, and books published since 2010, this edition is truly representative of contemporary behavior therapy.
  • This edition pays even more attention to the application of behavior therapy to diverse populations. It also pays special attention to the use of behavioral intervention technology to implement and facilitate many different behavior therapies, and offers new coverage of transdiagnostic (unified protocol) behavior therapies.
  • Chapter 5 is a new chapter on behavior therapy research that includes new discussion of treatment manuals and standards for evidence-based treatment as well as expanded discussion of clinical versus statistical significant and outcome variables.
  • New or expanded coverage discusses behavioral activation, functional analytic psychotherapy, group reinforcement contingencies (Ch. 6); differential reinforcement and behavioral parent training (Ch. 8 and Ch. 9); cutting edge research on virtual reality exposure therapy (Ch. 10); imagery rehearsal therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and cognitive therapy for hallucinations and delusions (Ch. 13).