Group CBT for Social Phobia is Effective in Community Mental Health Clinics

According to a recent study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, cognitive behaviour group therapy (CBGT) is effective within the community mental health setting. The current study compared outcomes from a CBGT 12-session protocol used within a research unit to outcomes from the same protocol used within a community mental health clinic (CMHC). Though participants in the CMHC sample had more severe symptomology and life interference; were more likely to use medication, have lower education attainment and socioeconomic backgrounds, and suffer from comorbid disorders, most of these differences were unrelated to outcomes. Results suggest that CBGT is transportable to and comparably effective within the CMHC setting.

McEvoy, P. M., Nathan, P., Rapee, R. M., & Campbell, B. N. C. (April 01, 2012). Cognitive behavioural group therapy for social phobia: Evidence of transportability to community clinics. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 4, 258-265.