C.B.S.I. publications provide a middle ground between books and
pamphlets. Books, even paperbacks, tend to be expensive and often require more time than
many clients are willing to spend reading, given their busy lives or a tendency not to
read books. Also, books are not always easy for clients to locate if asked by a clinician
to obtain a particular book. Pamphlets are inexpensive, even free to practitioners, but
provide no more than an inadequately brief introduction to a topic.
In contrast, the content and depth to which subjects are addressed in
C.B.S.I. publications is truly substantial.
A trend in the delivery of outpatient mental health services is to give clients homework
assignments, i.e., tasks to be performed outside the therapeutic session. This reflects
both the influence of cognitive based therapies and the economic reality created by
managed care. Reading assignments are particularly effective adjuncts and have been used
long before the concept of therapeutic homework was defined. All C.B.S.I. booklets
and handbooks have
potential application as outside reading material because they address topics that are
reflective of the broad range of problems and issues that are factors underlying client
symptoms and presenting problems. A well chosen reading assignment can enhance the
therapeutic process by helping clients to gain a better grasp of subjects or psychological
processes that are factors in their treatment. Clients are then better prepared to
understand what their therapists or counselors mean.
The price of C.B.S.I.
booklets and handbooks is low enough to make them affordable for
practitioners and organizations to buy for the purpose of giving to their clients (or
loaning, given the possibility that some booklets and handbooks will not be returned).
The materials can also be sold to the clients at a profit to the
provider. For those organiz- ations and professionals who are not
interested in purchasing C.B.S.I. publications to distribute to their
clients, C.B.S.I. makes it convenient for them to direct clients
to purchase either using a Direct Mail Order form or the Internet.