Current status of research on cognitive therapy/cognitive behavior therapy in Japan

Yutaka Ono, Toshi A. Furukawa, Eiji Shimizu, Yasumasa Okamoto, Akiko Nakagawa, Daisuke Fujisawa, Atsuo Nakagawa, Tomoko Ishii, Satomi Nakajima

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Abstract

Cognitive therapy/cognitive behavior therapy was introduced into the field of psychiatry in the late 1980s in Japan, and the Japanese Association for Cognitive Therapy (JACT), founded in 2004, now has more than 1500 members. Along with such progress, awareness of the effectiveness of cognitive therapy/cognitive behavioral therapy has spread, not only among professionals and academics but also to the public. The Study Group of the Procedures and Effectiveness of Psychotherapy, funded by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, has conducted a series of studies on the effectiveness of cognitive therapy/cognitive behavior therapy since 2006 and shown that it is feasible for Japanese patients. As a result, in April 2010 cognitive therapy/cognitive behavior therapy for mood disorders was added to the national health insurance scheme in Japan. This marked a milestone in Japan's psychiatric care, where pharmacotherapy has historically been more common. In this article the authors review research on cognitive therapy/cognitive behavior therapy in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-129
Number of pages9
JournalPsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Japan
  • cognitive behavior therapy
  • cognitive therapy
  • effectiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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