Self-Help Books Receiving ABCT Seal of Merit
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies embraces the vision of “applying science to the prevention and treatment of behavioral and emotional problems.”
The number of self-help books and resources available for mental health problems can be overwhelming. As part of our commitment to educating the public about scientific approaches to the treatment of psychological problems,
ABCT recognizes published self-help books that are consistent with cognitive-behavioral therapy principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming these difficulties.
To earn the ABCT Self-Help Book Seal of Merit, a book must meet the following criteria:
- employ cognitive and/or behavioral principles
- discuss cognitive and/or behavioral principles or theories explicitly in text
- have documented empirical support that lends support for the methods presented
- include no suggestions or methods that are contraindicated by scientific evidence
- present treatment methods that have consistent evidence for their effectiveness (books describing methods without a consistent track record of empirical support, or mixed evidence, would not be eligible)
- be consistent with best practices
The self-help books appearing on the ABCT website are solely intended to give the reader an overview of how a behavior therapist or cognitive behavior therapist might approach a particular problem or treatment.
In no way is the ABCT listing of self-help books exhaustive. There are a good many excellent self-help books on a variety of disorders that do not appear on our website.
Books appearing on our website or having been recognized as an ABCT Self-Help Book of Merit should be viewed as resources for members of the general public to learn more about disorders and approaches that
CBT-trained therapists might use; this in no way should be viewed as an endorsement nor should the reader view the material in the books as a substitute for care from a professional.
The Association is not responsible for treatment outcomes from books listed on our website or from treatment from a professional contacted via the ABCT Find-a-Therapist directory
For those wishing help in securing the services of professional therapists, ABCT maintains a directory of members who accept referrals. For therapists in your area, please visit our Find-a-Therapist page
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