NRNP-6640-14 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
NRNP-6640-14 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
When first introduced, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was unlike any other
therapeutic approach. For years, psychotherapeutic techniques were driven by
psychoanalytic theories. These techniques were time consuming, leaving many therapists
frustrated with the length of time involved in helping their clients achieve a sense of relief.
With the development of CBT, however, therapists were able to help their clients heal more
quickly. This poses the questions: If CBT is more efficient than other techniques, why isn’t
it used with all clients? How do you know when CBT is an appropriate therapeutic
This week, as you examine cognitive behavioral therapy and its appropriateness for clients,
you compare it to rational emotive behavioral therapy.
Photo Credit: Clayton Rohner/Creatas Video/Getty Images
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to guide for evidence-based practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing
Chapter 8, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” (pp. 313–346)
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disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2013). Counseling and psychotherapy
theories in context and practice [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA: Psychotherapy.net.
Beck, A. (1994). Aaron Beck on cognitive therapy [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA:
Eysenck, H. (n.d.). Hans Eysenck on behavior therapy [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA:
Ellis, A. (2012). Albert Ellis on REBT [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA: Psychotherapy.net.
Note: You will access this media from the Walden Library databases. The approximate
length of this media piece is 50 minutes.
Assignment: Cognitive Behavioral Theory Versus Rational Emotive Behavioral Theory
While cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavioral therapy
(REBT) have many similarities, they are distinctly different therapeutic approaches. When
assessing clients and selecting one of these therapies, you must recognize the importance of
not only selecting the one that is best for the client, but also the approach that most aligns
to your own skill set. For this Assignment, as you examine the similarities and differences
between CBT and REBT, consider which therapeutic approach you might use with your
Compare cognitive behavioral therapy and rational emotive behavioral therapy
Recommend cognitive behavioral therapies for clients
Review the media in this week’s Learning Resources.
Reflect on the various forms of cognitive behavioral therapy.
In a 1- to 2-page paper, address the following:
Briefly describe how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive
behavioral therapy (REBT) are similar.
Explain at least three differences between CBT and REBT. Include how these
differences might impact your practice as a mental health counselor.
Explain which version of cognitive behavioral therapy you might use with clients
and why. Support your approach with evidence-based literature.
Note: The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page,
introduction, summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing
Center provides an example of those required elements (available
at http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/57.htm). All papers submitted must use this formatting.
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Week in Review
Now that you have:
Compared cognitive behavioral therapy and rational emotive behavioral therapy
Recommended cognitive behavioral therapies for clients
Next week, you will:
Assess clients presenting with posttraumatic stress disorder
Analyze therapeutic approaches for treating clients presenting with posttraumatic
Evaluate outcomes for clients with posttraumatic stress disorder
To go to the next week: