Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain
Lance M. McCracken
Publish Year: 2005
Format: hardcover, 148 pages
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This book reviews the latest developments in the
psychology of chronic pain, providing an overview of a practical,
comprehensive, and theoretically integrative approach that significantly
expands the scope of current treatment methods. The past 30 years have
seen a changing focus within pain management regarding patients'
behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, as well as a new awareness
of the importance of social context. This flexible new perspective is
consistent with any approach to pain treatment that leads to freer and
fuller patient functioning.
This volume describes the array of empirically based treatment
methods now available to clinicians together with novel approaches to
exposure-based methods and the promotion of coping techniques.
Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain was
written for psychologists and other clinicians who treat patients with
chronic pain, and for researchers of psychological aspects of pain.
Table of Contents
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Foreword: The Opportunities and Challenges of Acceptance-Based
Approaches to Pain
Francis J. Keefe, PhD
Foreword: Empowering the Lives of Chronic Pain Patients
Steven C. Hayes, PhD
- The Problem of Chronic Pain
- Psychological Approaches to Chronic Pain
- Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Theory
- Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment
- A Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Chronic Pain and
- Acceptance of Chronic Pain
- Acceptance-Based Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Values and Values-Based Action
- Activity Engagement and Overt Behavior Change
- The Future
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a Review >
"This book is not an easy read, particularly for those not familiar
with the field. So, is it worth the effort for the average pain doctor?
The answer has to be 'yes' for three reasons.
"Firstly, anyone who works in a multidisciplinary team should have
a clear understanding of what their colleagues are doing and thinking.
Not only does this guide referral decisions but also gives a different
perspective on how one's own interventions affect the patient.
"Secondly, how many pain services are led by doctors who have to
advise managers on clinical and financial priorities for the service.
Real decisions have to be made, for example, about whether to bid for
three dorsal column stimulators per year or for a psychotherapist who
can deliver this sort of therapy to ~50 patients per year, and this book
will support that sort of decision-making.
"Finally, those who control funds should expect considerable
pressure from psychotherapy colleagues to buy this for the library, so
you have been warned!"
British Journal of Anaesthesia, Vol 96, No 1, Jan 2006,
by J. Jessop
"Overall, the editor/author does a good job of presenting contextual
cognitive-behavioral therapy issues for chronic pain and at a reasonable
cost it is a worthwhie addition to any comprehensize library."
Journal of Neuropathic Pain & Symptom Palliation, Vol.
2(3) 2006, by Howard S. Smith, MD, FACP
About the Author
Lance M. McCracken, PhD, is a
Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead of the Pain
Management Unit, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, in
Bath, in the United Kingdom. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow in the
Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. Dr. McCracken was a
member of the faculty and head of the Behavioral Medicine Pain Service
in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesia and Critical Care at The
University of Chicago for six years before beginning work in Bath in