Compare and contrast your hypothetical experiment with that of your peer.

Prior to beginning work on this discussion please read pages 8 – 14 of the Bennett-Levy, Westbrook, Fennell, Cooper, Rouf, and Hackmann chapter of the google book Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy (2004), the Weck article (2013), and theCombs, Tiegreen, and Nelson article (2007).

Choose a specific disorder from the following list.

  • Agoraphobia
  • Anorexia or Bulimia
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Specific Phobias (public speaking, heights, animals, etc.)
  • Substance Abuse

For your initial post you will take on the role of a cognitive behavioral therapist. Create a fictional client experiencing your chosen disorder. Apply cognitive and behavioral theories to the client’s issue to develop a cognitive behavioral experiment you might use with this client. Describe in detail the specific experiment you would create with your client to address the chosen disorder. Your experiment should include both cognitive and behavioral aspects. Use the first six of the seven steps for designing coginitive behavioral experiments outlined on page 33 of the Combs, Tiegreen, and Nelson article to organize your hypothetical experiment. Your initial post should be a minimum of 350 words.

Guided Response:  Respond in a substantive way to at least two of your peers.  If possible, choose one peer response that used the same disorder as your original post.  Compare and contrast your hypothetical experiment with that of your peer. Look for similarities in approaches to different disorders.  Provide alternative suggestions for experiment design elements where appropriate.

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