Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop for Professionals at Beck Institute: November 9-11, 2009

1-11-09(Left) Dr. Aaron Beck conducts a case review after participants observed (via closed-circuit television) Dr. Aaron Beck’s live patient session. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, family therapists, and other professionals from mental health, medical, and related fields traveled from Canada, Indonesia, and eight U.S. states to participate in the Beck Institute Cognitive Behavior Therapy workshop.

Participants received professional training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Leslie Sokol, Ph.D., and Norman Cotterell, Ph.D.

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Dr. Aaron Beck to Receive the Anna Monika Prize

The Psychiatry Department at the University Pennsylvania will present Aaron T. Beck, M.D., professor emeritus, with the Anna Monika Prize, following the department’s Grand Rounds on Thursday, November 19, 2009. Dr. Beck will be honored with this prize for his development of cognitive therapy, and specifically, for his lifetime achievement in defining the cognitive biases and distorted interpretations of events which represent the core elements of depression and its symptoms.

The Aaron T. Beck Award at ABCT

Are you attending the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) convention this week? The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) invites you to attend their annual meeting.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Manhattan Ballroom, Marriott Marquis Hotel
Followed by: Photo ops, book signing, networking

Each year at this meeting, the Academy presents the Aaron T. Beck, M.D., award to an individual who has made significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy. This year, the award will be presented to Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and will feature “A conversation Period with Aaron T. Beck, M.D. and Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.” Questions from the audience will follow.

For a listing of previous winners, click [here].

Advanced Experiential CBT Workshop at Beck Institute, October 26-27, 2009

11ATB-JSB (Left) Dr. Aaron Beck answers questions after conducting a live patient session that was viewed (via closed-circuit television) by participants in the Advanced Experiential Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop. The workshop was attended by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other professionals who traveled from Canada, France, Lebanon, Mexico, United Kingdom, and twelve U.S. states.

2-Oct-09-ADV(Right) Dr. Judith Beck conducts a roleplay with Suzanne McKann, MA, LCPC, a psychotherapist in private practice based in Maryland. The Advanced Workshop was designed for professionals at intermediate and advanced levels of training and experience who wanted to enhance their ability to deliver cognitive behavior therapy efficiently and effectively to clients who pose a challenge in treatment. Participants presented cases from their practices. Beck Institute faculty (Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and Leslie Sokol, Ph.D.) taught the group advanced conceptualization techniques and treatment planning, then demonstrated cognitive behavior therapy interventions through demonstration roleplays and supervised participants in dyadic roleplays.

Many topics were covered, including anger, early trauma, self harm behavior, binge eating, substance abuse,  anxiety, chronic depression, hopelessness and suicidalitiy. Developing the therapeutic relationship and engaging reluctant patients in treatment were emphasized.

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Beck Institute Enters the Social Media Scene

In recent months, Beck Institute has widened its social media presence through the creation of a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a YouTube Channel. We are pleased to announce that we now have more than 450 fans on Facebook and close to 180  followers on Twitter.

Our Facebook page allows users to interact with Beck Institute directly. New and interesting activities at Beck Institute, including our training events, are frequently posted. Anyone can access the Beck Institute page, including people without a Facebook account. Click here to visit the Beck Institute Facebook page and become our fan.

Our Twitter page updates and directs followers to news and events happening at Beck Institute and within the worldwide CBT community. Click here to view all of our tweets and to start following Beck Institute on Twitter.

The Beck Institute YouTube Channel was created to share videos of Dr. Aaron Beck  and Dr. Judith Beck  in the media. We have also posted an introductory video which provides an overview of our training programs. YouTube viewers are welcome to be part of our channel and subscribe to it. Click here to view the Beck Institute YouTube channel.

Dr. Aaron Beck Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from National Nursing Centers Consortium


On November 5, 2009, the National Nursing Centers Consortium, in partnership with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Nursing Centers Research Network, and Institute for Nursing Centers, honored Aaron T. Beck, M.D., with the Lifetime Achievement Award (left) at its annual conference in Philadelphia. The award was presented by Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, Executive Director of the National Nursing Centers Consortium, who described Dr. Beck’s contributions to the field: “Widely recognized as the founder of cognitive therapy, Dr. Beck and colleagues, worldwide, have demonstrated the superiority of cognitive therapy in treating a wide variety of disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and many medical conditions with psychological components via rigorous scientific research.”

Following the award presentation, Dr. Aaron Beck and his daughter, Dr. Judith Beck, engaged in a conversation period entitled, Exciting Developments in the Cognitive Therapy World.

CBT Is as Effective in the Treatment of Purging and Non-Purging Eating Disorders

NewStudy-Graphic-72x72_edited-3A new study published in Behaviour and Research Therapy examined the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for women with a variety of purging behaviors. The study compared 3 groups: those who engaged in self-induced vomiting, those who engaged in multiple purging methods (i.e., laxatives and diuretics), and those who engaged in restrained eating and/or excessive exercise as a means of weight control. First, participants in each group self-reported on their shape and weight concerns, subjective feelings about bulimic episodes, and eating disorder symptoms. Those individuals who engaged in self-induced vomiting or purging methods reported a longer duration of their disorder, more objective bulimic episodes, more severe shape and weight concerns, higher scores for eating disorder symptoms, and high depressive scores than those who did not engage in purging behaviors. A portion of the sample (75%) then completed 20 weeks of CBT. At post-treatment, all three groups showed significant reductions in objective and subjective bulimic episodes, weight and shape concerns, anxiety and depressive symptoms, vomiting, laxative and diuretic use, excessive exercising, and restrained eating. Researchers concluded that despite the greater clinical severity associated with the presence of purging behaviors in eating disorders, these variable do not impact the efficacy of inpatient CBT.


Dalle Grave, R., Calugi, S. & Marchesini, G. (2009). Self-induced vomiting in eating disorders: Associated features and treatment outcome. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 680-684.

Generalizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders to Clinical Practice

NewStudy-Graphic-72x72_edited-3 Studies conducted at the University of Pennsylvania add to a growing body of research that supports the use of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in clinical practice. In their meta-analysis review of 56 studies, Stewart and Chambless (2009) examined CBT treatments for social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and found significant support for each treatment within the clinical setting. When CBT treatments were compared to control conditions, 78% of participants improved with CBT treatment as compared to 22% of participants in control groups. Additional analyses also indicated lower effect sizes for treatment outcomes when therapists were not trained, when treatment manuals were not used, and when treatment fidelity was not monitored. This data points to the importance of training, the use of treatment protocols, and the monitoring of treatment fidelity.


Stewart R.E. & Chambless, D.L. (2009). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for adult anxiety disorders in clinical practice: A meta-analysis of effectiveness studies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 595-606.

CBT and CBT Plus Medication for the Treatment of OCD in Children

NewStudy-Graphic-72x72_edited-3 A recent study published in Child and Adolescent Mental Health found both Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and CBT in combination with medication to be effective in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in children. During a ten-year period, 75 children were evaluated and treated for OCD in an outpatient setting. Investigators later contacted a subset of that sample to investigate the long-term maintenance of their therapeutic gains. Treatment groups in this follow up investigation included, (1) those treated with medication before beginning CBT, (2) those treated with CBT only, and (3) those treated with CBT and medication, simultaneously. Participants in each group had all met diagnostic criteria for OCD as determined by their Children’s Yale Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (CYBOCS) scores. Long term maintenance was assessed by comparing post-treatment and pre-treatment CYBOCS scores. Results showed significant improvement for each group, yielding further support for the use of CBT and CBT plus medication (SSRIs) in the treatment of OCD.


Nakatani, E. (2009). Outcomes of cognitive behaviour therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder in a clinical setting: A 10-year experience from a specialist OCD service for children and adolescents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 14, 133-139.

Extramural Training Workshop at Beck Institute: October 19-20, 2009

1-Dr_AaronBeck-Oct09OCT/2009: (Left) Dr. Aaron Beck answers questions after conducting a live patient session that was viewed (via closed-circuit television) by participants in the Extramural Training workshop. The workshop was attended by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, professors, physicians, nurses, and other professionals. Participants traveled from China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and ten U.S. states. The Extramural Training program provides intensive, one-on-one supervision to professionals seeking to enhance their clinical Cognitive Behavior Therapy skills.

Professional training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy was provided by Beck Institute faculty members Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Leslie Sokol, Ph.D., Norman Cotterell, Ph.D., and Cory F. Newman, Ph.D.

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