Associate Professor James Bennett-Levy

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James Bennett-Levy is an experienced trainer of cognitive behavioural therapists and a leading researcher is the area. He leads a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) training program for mental health professionals based in northern NSW, and is currently researching the applicability and utility of introducing ¿low intensity CBT interventions¿ (e.g. guided self-help) in the Australian context. Between 2002-2008, he was consultant clinical psychologist at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, UK. He has co-edited the leading books in this field including Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy, the Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions and the Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy.

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Books

  • Hackmann, A., Bennett-Levy, J., Holmes, E. (2011). Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Ritterband, L., White, J., Williams, C., Richards, D., Farrand, P., Christensen, H., Griffiths, K., Kavanagh, D., Klein, B., et al (2010). The Oxford guide to low intensity CBT interventions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited Books

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., Fennell, M., Hackmann, A., Mueller, M., Westbrook, D. (2004). The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Richards, D., Farrand, P. (2010). Low intensity CBT interventions: a revolution in mental health care. The Oxford guide to low intensity CBT interventions, (pp. 3-18). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Sanders, D., Bennett-Levy, J. (2010). When therapists have problems: What can CBT do for us? In Mueller, Kennerley, McManus, Westbrook (Eds.), Oxford Guide to Surviving as a CBT Therapist, (pp. 457-480). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Thwaites, R., Chaddock, A., Davis, M. (2009). Reflective practice in cognitive behavioural therapy: The engine of lifelong learning. In Jacqui Stedmon, Rudi Dallos (Eds.), Reflective practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling, (pp. 115-135). United Kingdom: McGraw-Hill International.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Thwaites, R. (2007). Self and self-reflection in the therapeutic relationship: A conceptual map and practical strategies for the training, supervision and self-supervision of interpersonal skills. In Paul Gilbert, Robert L. Leahy (Eds.), The therapeutic relationship in the cognitive behavioural therapies, (pp. 255-281). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Westbrook, D., Fennell, M., Cooper, M., Rouf, K., Hackmann, A. (2004). Behavioural experiments: Historical and conceptual underpinnings. In James Bennett-Levy, Gillian Butler, Melanie Fennell, Ann Hackmann, Martina Muell (Eds.), The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy, (pp. 1-20). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Fennell, M., Bennett-Levy, J., Westbrook, D. (2004). Depression. In James Bennett-Levy, Gillian Butler, Melanie Fennell, Ann Hackmann, Martina Muell (Eds.), The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy, (pp. 205-222). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rouf, K., Fennell, M., Westbrook, D., Cooper, M., Bennett-Levy, J. (2004). Devising effective behavioural experiments. In James Bennett-Levy, Gillian Butler, Melanie Fennell, Ann Hackmann, Martina Muell (Eds.), The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy, (pp. 21-58). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kavanagh, D., Bennett-Levy, J., Crow, N. (2002). A cognitive-behavioural approach to supervision. In McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (Eds.), Supervision in the helping professions: A practical guide, (pp. 131-142). Frenchs Forest, N.S.W: Pearson Education.

Journals

  • Nelson, J., Ryan, K., Rotumah, D., Bennett-Levy, J., Budden, W., Stirling, J., Wilson, S., Beale, D. (2014). Aboriginal Practitioners Offer Culturally Safe and Responsive CBT: Response to Commentaries. Australian Psychologist, 49(1), 22-27. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Wilson, S., Nelson, J., Stirling, J., Ryan, K., Rotumah, D., Budden, W., Beale, D. (2014). Can CBT be effective for aboriginal Australians? Perspectives of aboriginal practitioners trained in CBT. Australian Psychologist, 49(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Lee, N. (2014). Self-Practice and Self-Reflection in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training: What Factors Influence Trainees' Engagement and Experience of Benefit? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42(1), 48-64. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Padesky, C. (2014). Use It or Lose It: Post-workshop Reflection Enhances Learning and Utilization of CBT Skills. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21(1), 12-19. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Hawkins, R., Perry, H., Cromarty, P., Mills, J. (2012). Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training for Therapists: Outcomes, Acceptability, and Impact of Support. Australian Psychologist, 47(3), 1782-182. [More Information]
  • Westbrook, D., McManus, F., Clark, G., Bennett-Levy, J. (2012). Preliminary Evaluation of an Online Training Package in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Satisfaction Ratings and Impact on Knowledge and Confidence. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 40(4), 481-490. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., McManus, F., Westling, B., Fennell, M. (2009). Acquiring and Refining CBT Skills and Competencies: Which Training Methods are Perceived to be Most Effective? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 37(5), 571-583. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Perry, H. (2009). The promise of online cognitive behavioural therapy training for rural and remote mental health professionals. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(Suppl 1), S121-S124. [More Information]
  • Westbrook, D., Sedgewick-Taylor, A., Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., McManus, F. (2008). A pilot evaluation of a brief CBT training course: Impact on trainees’ satisfaction, clinical skills and patient outcomes. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(5), 569-579.
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2008). Online training - the bridge to better CBT? CBT Today, 38(1), 8-9.
  • Thwaites, R., Bennett-Levy, J. (2007). Conceptualizing empathy in cognitive therapy: Making the implicit explicit. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 591-612.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Beedie, A. (2007). The ups and downs of cognitive therapy training: What happens to trainees’ perception of their competence during a cognitive therapy training course? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 61-75. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2006). Therapist Skills: A cognitive model of their acquisition and refinement. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 34(1), 57-78.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Lee, N., Travers, K., Pohlman, S., Hamernik, E. (2003). Cognitive therapy from the inside: Enhancing therapist skills through practising what we preach. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 31(2), 143-158.
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2003). Mechanisms of change in cognitive therapy: The case of automatic thought records and behavioural experiments. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 31, 261-277.
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2003). Reflection: A blind spot in psychology? Clinical Psychology: science and practice, , 16-19.
  • Fisher, K., Bennett-Levy, J., Irwin, R. (2002). What a GAS! Action research as a peer support process for postgraduate students. UltiBASE Journal, , 1-20.

Conferences

  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2005). What role does the 'person of the therapist' play in therapist skill development? Empirical and theoretical perspectives. Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, Melbourne: Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2002). Navel gazing or valuable training strategy? Self-practice of therapy techniques, self-reflection, and the development of therapist expertise. 1st European Positive Psychology Conference, London: The British Psychological Society.

Research Reports

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Battersby, M., Singer, J., Moreau, M., Breen, F. (2009). The beyondblue improving access to psychological therapies project: Taking the next steps, Report: Final, (pp. i - 109). , Australia: .

2014

  • Nelson, J., Ryan, K., Rotumah, D., Bennett-Levy, J., Budden, W., Stirling, J., Wilson, S., Beale, D. (2014). Aboriginal Practitioners Offer Culturally Safe and Responsive CBT: Response to Commentaries. Australian Psychologist, 49(1), 22-27. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Wilson, S., Nelson, J., Stirling, J., Ryan, K., Rotumah, D., Budden, W., Beale, D. (2014). Can CBT be effective for aboriginal Australians? Perspectives of aboriginal practitioners trained in CBT. Australian Psychologist, 49(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Lee, N. (2014). Self-Practice and Self-Reflection in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training: What Factors Influence Trainees' Engagement and Experience of Benefit? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42(1), 48-64. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Padesky, C. (2014). Use It or Lose It: Post-workshop Reflection Enhances Learning and Utilization of CBT Skills. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21(1), 12-19. [More Information]

2012

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Hawkins, R., Perry, H., Cromarty, P., Mills, J. (2012). Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training for Therapists: Outcomes, Acceptability, and Impact of Support. Australian Psychologist, 47(3), 1782-182. [More Information]
  • Westbrook, D., McManus, F., Clark, G., Bennett-Levy, J. (2012). Preliminary Evaluation of an Online Training Package in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Satisfaction Ratings and Impact on Knowledge and Confidence. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 40(4), 481-490. [More Information]

2011

  • Hackmann, A., Bennett-Levy, J., Holmes, E. (2011). Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.

2010

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Richards, D., Farrand, P. (2010). Low intensity CBT interventions: a revolution in mental health care. The Oxford guide to low intensity CBT interventions, (pp. 3-18). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Ritterband, L., White, J., Williams, C., Richards, D., Farrand, P., Christensen, H., Griffiths, K., Kavanagh, D., Klein, B., et al (2010). The Oxford guide to low intensity CBT interventions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Sanders, D., Bennett-Levy, J. (2010). When therapists have problems: What can CBT do for us? In Mueller, Kennerley, McManus, Westbrook (Eds.), Oxford Guide to Surviving as a CBT Therapist, (pp. 457-480). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2009

  • Bennett-Levy, J., McManus, F., Westling, B., Fennell, M. (2009). Acquiring and Refining CBT Skills and Competencies: Which Training Methods are Perceived to be Most Effective? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 37(5), 571-583. [More Information]
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Thwaites, R., Chaddock, A., Davis, M. (2009). Reflective practice in cognitive behavioural therapy: The engine of lifelong learning. In Jacqui Stedmon, Rudi Dallos (Eds.), Reflective practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling, (pp. 115-135). United Kingdom: McGraw-Hill International.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Battersby, M., Singer, J., Moreau, M., Breen, F. (2009). The beyondblue improving access to psychological therapies project: Taking the next steps, Report: Final, (pp. i - 109). , Australia: .
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Perry, H. (2009). The promise of online cognitive behavioural therapy training for rural and remote mental health professionals. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(Suppl 1), S121-S124. [More Information]

2008

  • Westbrook, D., Sedgewick-Taylor, A., Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., McManus, F. (2008). A pilot evaluation of a brief CBT training course: Impact on trainees’ satisfaction, clinical skills and patient outcomes. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(5), 569-579.
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2008). Online training - the bridge to better CBT? CBT Today, 38(1), 8-9.

2007

  • Thwaites, R., Bennett-Levy, J. (2007). Conceptualizing empathy in cognitive therapy: Making the implicit explicit. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 591-612.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Thwaites, R. (2007). Self and self-reflection in the therapeutic relationship: A conceptual map and practical strategies for the training, supervision and self-supervision of interpersonal skills. In Paul Gilbert, Robert L. Leahy (Eds.), The therapeutic relationship in the cognitive behavioural therapies, (pp. 255-281). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Beedie, A. (2007). The ups and downs of cognitive therapy training: What happens to trainees’ perception of their competence during a cognitive therapy training course? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 61-75. [More Information]

2006

  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2006). Therapist Skills: A cognitive model of their acquisition and refinement. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 34(1), 57-78.

2005

  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2005). What role does the 'person of the therapist' play in therapist skill development? Empirical and theoretical perspectives. Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, Melbourne: Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.

2004

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Westbrook, D., Fennell, M., Cooper, M., Rouf, K., Hackmann, A. (2004). Behavioural experiments: Historical and conceptual underpinnings. In James Bennett-Levy, Gillian Butler, Melanie Fennell, Ann Hackmann, Martina Muell (Eds.), The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy, (pp. 1-20). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Fennell, M., Bennett-Levy, J., Westbrook, D. (2004). Depression. In James Bennett-Levy, Gillian Butler, Melanie Fennell, Ann Hackmann, Martina Muell (Eds.), The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy, (pp. 205-222). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rouf, K., Fennell, M., Westbrook, D., Cooper, M., Bennett-Levy, J. (2004). Devising effective behavioural experiments. In James Bennett-Levy, Gillian Butler, Melanie Fennell, Ann Hackmann, Martina Muell (Eds.), The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy, (pp. 21-58). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., Fennell, M., Hackmann, A., Mueller, M., Westbrook, D. (2004). The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.

2003

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Lee, N., Travers, K., Pohlman, S., Hamernik, E. (2003). Cognitive therapy from the inside: Enhancing therapist skills through practising what we preach. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 31(2), 143-158.
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2003). Mechanisms of change in cognitive therapy: The case of automatic thought records and behavioural experiments. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 31, 261-277.
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2003). Reflection: A blind spot in psychology? Clinical Psychology: science and practice, , 16-19.

2002

  • Kavanagh, D., Bennett-Levy, J., Crow, N. (2002). A cognitive-behavioural approach to supervision. In McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (Eds.), Supervision in the helping professions: A practical guide, (pp. 131-142). Frenchs Forest, N.S.W: Pearson Education.
  • Bennett-Levy, J. (2002). Navel gazing or valuable training strategy? Self-practice of therapy techniques, self-reflection, and the development of therapist expertise. 1st European Positive Psychology Conference, London: The British Psychological Society.
  • Fisher, K., Bennett-Levy, J., Irwin, R. (2002). What a GAS! Action research as a peer support process for postgraduate students. UltiBASE Journal, , 1-20.

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