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Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Treatment Manuals For Practitioners) Paperback – May 1, 1996

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"Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is designed to be a guide for the clinician who is engaged in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The book is written succinctly, yet is comprehensive in its coverage. The underpinnings as well as the development of behavioral treatment for OCD are described and a summary of the literature pertaining to the nature of OCD and its treatment is provided. This volume should prove particularly educational and instructive for those who are non-behaviorally trained and those who are not expert in the psychopathology of OCD.

"Because of its comprehensive nature, this volume will serve well as a handy reference for all clinicians involved in the treatment of OCD. However, it will be particularly useful for those who are less experienced. Steketee went to great length to discuss the nuances of assessment and treatment of OCD, liberally spicing the text with illustrative examples of the syndrome and providing insight into how to conduct a behavioral assessment and how to make behavioral treatment work. Also of particular value to clinicians is the discussion of problems encountered during the course of treatment and factors that militate against a positive outcome. Overall, Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder will be a valuable asset to clinicians treating OCD and will serve to help disseminate to a wider audience the intricacies of one of behavior therapies' most successful treatment stories." --Sam Turner, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina

"Dr. Steketee, one of our country's most experienced research and clinical behavioral therapists, has written an impressive and very readable book that fills a gap in the medical literature. Clinicians frequently ask what they can read to get a basic understanding of the behavioral techniques that have been successfully used to treat patients with OCD. Until this book, there was not a comprehensive source.

"Dr. Steketee has organized a complex body of information that is not taught in most psychiatric residencies into a very readable and easily understood form. After reading her book, the clinician will be armed with powerful new techniques that will allow for more effective treatment of OCD patients." --Michael A. Jenike, M.D. Associate Chief of Psychiatry for Research, Massachusetts General Hospital

"This book provides an up-to-date, comprehensive summary of the research into obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition to a scholarly and clinically astute review of research into the phenomenology, etiology, and behavioral and psychopharmacological treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the book provides a detailed guide to the assessment and treatment of this disorder. Steketee details specific clinical interventions and discusses the problems that may occur during therapy based on years of combined clinical and research experience. Researchers will find much of value in this book, and it is highly recommended for practitioners of all theoretical persuasions." --Paul M.G. Emmelkamp, Ph.D.

"Dr. Steketee, a widely recognized authority on this subject, has developed an instructional guide that can be readily utilized by practitioners with all levels of treatment sophistication. As OCD remains one of the most complex and challenging disorders in psychiatry, still often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated, this book brings new hope that sufferers with this disorder can be afforded a higher quality of care in more clinical settings (not exlusively the OCD specialty clinics...This text is a judicious blend of conceptual models and treatment pragmatics. It is structured in such a way that clinicians of all levels of expertise can benefit from reading it. We heartily recommend it as an invaluable resource book for any practitioner's professional library." --M. Lynn Buttolph, M.D., Ph.D. and Nancy J. Keuthen, Ph.D. in General Hospital Psychiatry

"...it serves as a valuable reference for both the clinician and the researcher." --Pallavi Nishith, Ph.D. Department of Psychology, University of Missouri, St. Louis

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This is an early therapist guide for treating OCD using exposure and response prevention (ERP) which is the "gold standard" evidence-based treatment for OCD. A number of newer therapist guides have been published since this one, including my own book Overcoming obsessive compulsive disorder that included cognitive therapy as well as ERP.  These books remain useful as basic clinician guides for treating OCD. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089862911X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898629118
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,738,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Gail Steketee is Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She received her MSW and PhD from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. Her scholarly work has focused on developing and testing treatments for obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, especially hoarding symptoms in recent years. She has published over 200 articles and chapters, as well as more than a dozen books on these topics. Her books include therapist guides, client workbooks and self-help books on OCD and OC spectrum conditions including hoarding. With colleague Dr. Randy Frost, she co-authored the best-selling book Stuff (Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, 2010) and the first edited scholarly volume on hoarding disorder, the Oxford Handbook for Hoarding and Acquiring (Oxford, 2014). She received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the International OCD Foundation in 2013. She a gives frequent lectures and workshops on hoarding and related conditions to professional and public audiences in the US and abroad.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James Claiborn on March 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Gail Steketee is one of the formost researchers in the field of OCD and its treatment. Her book serves as an excellent handbook for any clinician who treats this disorder. Most clinicians seem to think OCD is rare but it is prehaps the 4 th most common psychiatric disorder, more common then schizophrenia or panic disorder. The treatment of OCD with cognitive behavioral methods has been found to be highly effective ( superior to medication alone) and to have lasting results. More traditional talk therapy has not been found useful in treatment of OCD. For any clinician who treats OCD the critical steps in applying cognitive behavioral therapy are well laid out. Even the clinician with little or no backround in cognitive behavioral methods should be able to follow this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on December 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
good book and worth the price. Informative and useful to my practice area. Speedy shipment and received earlier than expected
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