Handbook of Exposure Therapies

Handbook of Exposure Therapies

1st Edition - September 28, 2006

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  • Editors: David Richard, Dean Lauterbach
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780125874212
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080467818

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Exposure Therapy refers to any clinical intervention in which a client directly confronts a source of fear. Since high levels of anxiety can not be maintained indefinitely, repeated exposure leads to decreased anxiety. This type of treatment is effective with phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, panic, generalized anxiety, and several other disorders. It's also been found to be effective in helping to treat substance abuse. Although exposure-based treatments have been extensively researched and reported in the literature, there is no single comprehensive treatment of exposure therapies. Writings tend to be limited to larger pieces on treating specific disorders or types of patients. A comprehensive book on the use of these treatments across patient disorders will be of great use to practitioners. The book is divided into three sections: Foundation, Applications, and Issues. Foundation chapters considers theoretical and assessment issues. Applications chapters will discuss research literature on each disorder having been proven to be successfully treated with exposure therapy. Issue chapters will discuss liability issues, false memory syndrome, and the use of computers and virtual reality in exposure therapy.

Key Features

*Covers the broad range of exposure therapies in one comprehensive source
*Provides an integrated look at exposure therapy across a variety of disorders
*Each such chapter will include a case study
*Blends literature review and practice guidelines


Clinical and counseling psychologists. APA divisions 12,17,29,42,43,49 (27,000 members).

Table of Contents

  • Contributors

    1. Description, Mechanisms of Action, and Assessment
    David C.S. Richard, Dean Lauterbach, and Andrew T. Gloster
    2. Animal Models of Exposure Therapy: A Selective Review
    James T. Todd and Janet L. Pietrowski
    3. Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Interventions for the Anxiety Disorders: Overview and Newer Third-Generation Perspectives
    John P. Forsyth, Velma Barrios, and Dean T. Acheson
    4. Translational Research Perspectives on Maximizing the Effectiveness of Exposure Therapy
    Mark B. Powers, Jasper A. J. Smits, Teresa M. Leyro, and Michael W. Otto
    5. Exposure Therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Dean Lauterbach and Sarah Reiland
    6. Exposure Therapy with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Frank Castro and Brian P. Marx
    7. Issues in Conducting Exposure Therapy to Treat Combat Veterans' PTSD
    Carlos G. Finlay and Judith A. Lyons
    8. Exposure Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Karin E. Larsen
    9. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and the Treatment of Childhood Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    Sandra Mendlowitz
    10. Exposure Treatments for Panic Disorder with and without Agoraphobia
    Ellen I. Koch, Andrew T. Gloster, and Stacey A. Waller
    11. Exposure Therapy for Phobias
    Michiyo Hirai, Laura L. Vernon, and Heather Cochran
    12. Applications of Exposure Techniques in Behavioral Medicine
    Flora Hoodin and Mary Gillis
    13. Exposure Therapy for Hypochondriasis
    Joseph A. Himle and Jody Hoffman
    14. The Effect of Pharmacotherapy on the Effectiveness of Exposure Therapy
    Brett Deacon
    15. Pharmacological Enhancement of Learning in Exposure Therapy
    Kerry J. Ressler, Michael Davis, and Barbara O. Rothbaum
    16. Virtual Reality Applications for Exposure
    Stephane Bouchard, Sophie Cote, and David C. S. Richard
    17. Obstacles to Successful Implementation of Exposure Therapy
    Elizabeth A. Hembree and Shawn P. Cahill
    18. Exposure Therapy Has a Public Relations Problem: A Dearth of Litigation Amid a Wealth of Concern
    David C.S. Richard and Andrew T. Gloster


Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: September 28, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780125874212
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080467818

About the Editors

David Richard

Affiliations and Expertise

Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, USA

Dean Lauterbach

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, USA

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