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Month: July 2011

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Children with Asperger’s Syndrome

A recent report by Donoghue et al (2011) explored the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in children and young people diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS).  Children with AS have impairments in social interactions, language and communication problems, theory of mind deficits, and they display difficulties in executive functioning.  Previous studies have shown that children with AS may also develop an affective disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or Obsessive Compulsive…

Using CBT and Smart Phones for the Self-Management of Chronic Pain

In this age of technology, internet interventions are becoming more common in the practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Chronic Widespread Pain (CWP) causes patients to live in constant pain, as well as fear of that pain, which can lead to avoidant behavior and depression.  Kristjansdottir et al (2011) hope to develop an intervention program that will help patients with CWP to self-manage their pain.  Using CBT with a focus…

The Importance of Meanings in Our Reactions

Aaron T. Beck, M.D., President Emeritus People often make statements such as "You upset me," "She makes me so angry," or "The news is depressing." They do not realize that the specific event is not directly responsible for their feelings. Rather, the meaning they attach to the experience accounts for feelings of sadness, anger, or anxiety. Our emotional response to an event is generally so rapid that it seems as…

CBT Interventions: The SPIRIT Training Course

Recently, due to important policy changes, there has been a significant increase in the demand for psychologists specializing in CBT in the United Kingdom.   As a result, specialists have been stressing the importance of various teaching approaches in CBT, such as workbooks or courses, to enable more professionals to practice CBT. In a recent study, the Structured Psychosocial InteRventions in Teams (SPIRIT) course, which is a university accredited program consisting…

June 20 – 22, 2011, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level ll: Personality Disorders and Challenging Problems

Last week Beck Institute held its second Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level II: Personality Disorders and Challenging Problems. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, councilors, and other professionals traveled from all over the world, including Brazil, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe and seven U.S. states, to receive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Participants received professional training from Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Leslie Sokol, Ph.D., and Norman Cotterell,…