Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other Evidenced Based Treatments are New Standards for Certain Sleep Disorders

After a consensus meeting in May 2009, members of the British Association for Psychopharmacology set new guidelines for treatment of certain sleep disorders.  These guidelines established evidence-based treatment as the leading model of therapy for insomnia, parasomnias, and circadian rhythm disorders.  The results were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Among the evidenced-based treatment protocols was Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  CBT was recommended as a primary treatment for chronic insomnia.  CBT was also recommended during the tapering of long-term hypnotic drugs, since it has been proven to be effective in improving outcomes.  Behavioral strategies were specifically recommended for children with sleep problems. The decision by the British Association for Psychopharmacology to update guidelines for certain sleep disorders illustrates the efficacy of evidence-based treatments such as CBT.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Combined with Specialist Medical Care to Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

newstudy-graphic-66x60.jpgThe New York Times published a review of an article in the Lancet that showed Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), combined with specialist medical care, produced clinically and statistically significant improvement as compared to stand-alone specialist medical care for chronic fatigue syndrome. The CBT group was associated with less fatigue and better physical function. Many patient advocacy groups feel the findings imply that the disorder is not due to a virus. On the contrary, the study indicates that chronic fatigue syndrome is a medical condition and CBT can help reduce many disabling symptoms.

Beck Institute Winter Party for Staff and Colleagues

Last month Beck Institute held its annual Winter Party for staff and colleagues. In attendance at the event were Aaron T. Beck, M.D., President Emeritus, Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., President, and Julie Hergenrather, Ph.D., Executive Director (pictured below). Beck Institute would like to thank all who attended for making the event a success. Photos (below) from the event were added for all to enjoy.

Level I Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop for Professionals at Beck Institute: February 7 – 9, 2011

February 2011: Psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, social workers, professors, counselors, nurse practitioners, and other professionals from mental health, medical, and related fields traveled from 15 states and 4 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Turkey. Pictured above-left, Aaron T. Beck, M.D. answers questions after conducting a live patient session that was viewed (via closed-circuit television) by participants in the Cognitive Behavior Therapy workshop at Beck Institute. (Below/right) Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. and Julie Hergenrather, Ph.D., announce upcoming Level II Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshops at Beck Institute and answer questions on our Beck Supervision Program – a distance learning program that provides intensive, one-on-one supervision from your home state or country.  Level II CBT Workshops are designed for experienced professionals who have already received at least some basic training in CBT and seek to enhance their ability to deliver CBT efficiently and effectively to clients who pose a challenge in treatment. 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. Trainees participated in seminars and case discussions, reviewed videos of therapy sessions, and observed demonstration roleplays among other activities. More event highlights: