We’re always looking for ways to make therapist’s live easier. This month we have expanded our library of resources further with materials focusing on OCD and ACT. We have also broken the 1700-translated-worksheets barrier for good measure. And if you have been considering signing up, then you are in good company: an article in the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy reported how 21% of their sample of CBT professionals use Psychology Tools to enhance their practice.

New On Psychology Tools

TRANSLATED RESOURCES

Do you ever work with clients whose first language isn’t English? We’ve got your back. With over 1700 resources in 53 languages Psychology Tools has the biggest collection of multi-lingual therapy resources. This month we have added 25 of our most popular resources in Urdu, and 12 more in Hebrew.

MAINTENANCE OF OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)

Intrusive thoughts, images, urges, and doubts are very common and entirely normal. The essential insight of the cognitive behavioral model of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is that it is people’s interpretations of their intrusions which drive their distress and subsequent responses. The Maintenance of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) worksheet is a case conceptualization tool to assist cognitive behavioral therapists.

DEVELOPING PSYCHOLOGICAL FLEXIBILITY

The goal of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is to increase psychological flexibility: in practice this means helping clients to contact the present moment more fully and to engage or persist in behavior that serves valued ends. Developing Psychological Flexibility is a client information handout which introduces the ‘core problems’ and ‘core processes’ of ACT. It can help clients integrate essential skills into their lives.

Recent CBT Research

Resources like Psychology Tools support therapists to deliver effective CBT

This may not come as a surprise to users of Psychology Tools, but some recent research published in the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy has indicated that clinicians find materials like ours help their clinical practice. In a large survey of accredited CBT practitioners in the UK Debbie Tallon and colleagues explored how therapists use supplementary materials to support their delivery of CBT. Therapists were asked to think about their last 3 clients with depression and to report how often they use materials such as activity schedules, behavioural activation diaries, thought records, or case formulation tools. As a Psychology Tools user then you’re in good company – 21% of the same reported using our resources. Materials that were rated by therapists as most useful to their practice included:

  • Activity schedules
  • Written resources to support planned exposure
  • Behavioral experiments
  • Mood diaries
  • Thought records
  • Case formulation resources
  • Relaxation materials

Link to the abstract

Tallon, D, McClay, C.,, Kessler, D., Lewis, G., Peters, T. J., Shafran, R., Williams, C., Wiles, N. (2018). Materials used to support cognitive behaviour therapy for depression: a survey of therapists’ clinical practice and views. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 1-19.