Throughout many of the clinical and psychologically based professions, cognitive and behavioural therapies (CBT) are the treatment of choice. This is in part because they have chosen to go down the science route of evidence-based practice, and partly because this route has shown that for many mental health and behavioural problems CBT is effective. The rigour implied in these therapies has also proved attractive to other people-oriented professions that have been keen to show their relevance and effectiveness in areas of human behaviour in which it has been notoriously difficult to bring about change. In particular, probation officers, youth justice workers, and many social workers specialising in the mental health field have shown considerable interest in cognitive and behaviourally based treatment programmes.
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