, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp 509-526

Assessment of core cognitive processes in cognitive therapy

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Abstract

In the practice of cognitive therapy therapists are often faced with the task of selecting a specific cognitive target for intervention. This paper outlines a theoretical rationale that will facilitate selection of targets most likely to lead to meaningful clinical change. Specific technical guidelines, designed to facilitate the therapist's efforts to identify such targets, are proposed. These guidelines derive from a proposed hierarchical model of cognitive structure, which stipulates that cognitive processes vary in terms of how central and peripheral they are with respect to overall cognitive organization.

Preparation of this article was supported in part by University of Toronto Grant 3-370-286-70 to the first author.