Handbook of Homework Assignments in Psychotherapy

Research, Practice, and Prevention

  • Nikolaos Kazantzis
  • Luciano LĽAbate

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Brief behavioral marital therapy

    1. Nikolaos Kazantzis, Luciano LĽAbate
      Pages 1-15
  3. Psychotherapy Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Deborah Roth Ledley, Jonathan D. Huppert
      Pages 19-34
    3. Marjorie C. Witty
      Pages 35-50
    4. Judith S. Beck, Michael A. Tompkins
      Pages 51-63
    5. Jennifer A. Ellison, Leslie S. Greenberg
      Pages 65-83
    6. Jami F. Young, Laura Mufson
      Pages 85-100
    7. George Stricker
      Pages 101-111
    8. Michael P. Twohig, Heather M. Pierson, Steven C. Hayes
      Pages 113-132
    9. Michael S. Robbins, Jose’ Szapocznik, Gonzalo A. Pe’rez
      Pages 133-149
    10. Robert A. Neimeyer, David A. Winter
      Pages 151-171
  4. Client Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Helen M. De Vries
      Pages 175-186
    3. Norman B. Epstein, Donald H. Baucom
      Pages 187-201
    4. Kathleen Newcomb Rekart, Jay Lebow
      Pages 203-223
  5. Specific Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Noam Lindenboim, Alex L. Chapman, Marsha M. Linehan
      Pages 227-245
    3. Lawrence P. Riso, Michael E. Thase
      Pages 247-262
    4. Malcolm H. Johnson
      Pages 263-278
    5. Tanya R. Schlam, G. Terence Wilson
      Pages 279-296
    6. Melanie J. V. Fennell
      Pages 297-314
    7. David A. Clark
      Pages 315-334
    8. Hazel Dunn, Anthony P. Morrison
      Pages 335-349
    9. Nancy Gambescia, Gerald Weeks
      Pages 351-368
    10. Timothy R. Apodaca, Peter M. Monti
      Pages 369-388
    11. Janet M. Leathem, Muriel Christianson
      Pages 389-403
  6. Directions for Research, Practice, and Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
    2. Michael J. Lambert, S. Cory Harmon, Karstin Slade
      Pages 407-423
    3. Dana L. Nelson, Louis G. Castonguay, Fiona Barwick
      Pages 425-444
    4. T. Mark Harwood, Joselyne M. Sulzner, Larry E. Beutler
      Pages 445-457
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 459-465

About this book


The process of psychotherapy is essentially a means of helping patients to help themselves. As such, psychotherapy is not limited to the relatively brief in-session consultation time with the practitioner. Rather, patients' engagement in therapeutic activities between sessions has become an important part of the therapy process. Such activities, often termed 'homework', are central to ensuring that therapeutic goals are reached.

The Handbook of Homework in Psychotherapy is the first resource for the practicing clinician that addresses the role of homework across major therapeutic paradigms and complex clinical problems. It opens with a series of practice-orientated chapters on the role of homework in different psychotherapies (acceptance and commitment, client-centered, constructivist, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, family, interpersonal, psychodynamic) written by an international team of expert psychotherapy practitioner-researchers. Then, experienced practitioners present strategies, examples, and formulated assignments for use with different populations (couples, families, older adults) and complex problems (chronic depression, chronic pain, eating disorders, obsessions and compulsions, personality disorders, psychosis, sexual dysfunction, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury). The Handbook closes with three chapters by leading psychotherapy theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners that critique the available research evidence for homework, integrate the recommendations for using homework in practice, and also provide directions for homework's role in prevention.

Each chapter presents:

  • A brief overview of the approach
  • Review of existing empirical support
  • Recommendations for practice
  • Illustration of homework's role in practice and prevention through detailed case studies
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  • Individualized use of homework, rather than a collection of "one-size-fits-all" assignments

Novice and seasoned psychotherapists from all training backgrounds will find useful ideas in this volume. The Handbook ably complements many current teaching psychotherapy texts in graduate and residency programs by offering real-world expertise in a core feature of therapy. Researchers, too, will find new insights on the value of between- session assignments and future directions for study as our understanding of homework's role in psychotherapy continues to evolve.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nikolaos Kazantzis
    • 1
  • Luciano LĽAbate
    • 2
  1. 1.AucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-29680-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-29681-4
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