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Understanding control and utilizing Control Theory in the science and practice of CBT

  • Warren Mansell (a1)

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This editorial introduces the special issue of The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist on Control Theory and CBT. The various routes through which Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) can inform CBT are explained and a range of theory, research and practice articles are introduced. Each focuses on encouraging and validating a Control Theory perspective to the clinical practice of cognitive behavioural therapies.

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*Address for correspondence: Dr W. Mansell, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences, Coupland I, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK. (email: warren.mansell@manchester.ac.uk)

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Mansell, W (2008). The seven Cs of CBT: a consideration of the future challenges for cognitive behavioural therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 36, 641649.
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