The main contribution of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) theories to social work is that they emphasize the importance of developing people’s rational management of their behaviour so that we can better understand the source of their problems. The practice that arises from theories of CBT focuses on how to manage and change people’s behaviour to resolve social problems that affect them. Although it is now seen as a single form of practice, CBT was built up from two main theoretical strands: behaviourism, supported by learning and social learning theory, and cognitive theory.
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