Epilogue: Synthesis and Prospects for the Future
Our goal in compiling this volume, as expressed in the title, was to make it as comprehensive a handbook as possible. In the pursuit of that goal, the volume has grown far beyond our original plans. Upon discussing our ideas with colleagues around the United States and in Europe, we added chapters that highlighted the application of Cognitive Therapy to new populations with clinical problems that previously had not been systematically treated within a cognitive behavioral mode. Having assumed a basic model, the various contributors have stretched the limits of that model beyond the treatment of depression or anxiety. The ingenuity and creativity of these new applications are noteworthy in that they expand Beck’s model of Cognitive Therapy greatly while staying within the overiding theoretical framework. There is a “parochial eclecticism” that does not merely offer the reader an addition to his or her therapeutic bag of techniques, but rather encourages the mastery of a basic model, and then offers ways of expanding and modifying that model to best fit the needs of particular patients or patient types.
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