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Month: September 2011

What is special about cognitive therapy? (Students Ask Dr. Beck – PART FOUR)

This is the fourth question from the Q&A portion of Beck Institute's 3-Day CBT Workshop on Depression and Anxiety for students and post-doctoral fellows, held on August 15 - 17, 2011. In this video Dr. Aaron Beck discusses what is special about cognitive therapy, what is new theoretically in the field of CBT, and how cognitive behavior therapy has expanded. Dr. Beck explains his present notion of cognitive therapy -…
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Urban African American Youth Exposed to Community Violence: A School-Based Anxiety Preventive Intervention Efficacy Study

Violence in schools, neighborhoods and communities has reached critically high levels in recent years.  Exposure to community violence may profoundly affect children’s development from early childhood to adolescence and beyond. Cooley-Strickland et al. evaluated the efficacy of a school-based anxiety prevention program among urban children exposed to community violence. Higher rates of community violence and crime are experienced by African Americans living in low-income, urban neighborhoods than urban European Americans.…
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First Ever Specialty Topic Workshop at Beck Institute

SEPTEMBER 2011: This week Beck Institute held its first ever Specialty Workshop: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Active Duty and Veteran Military and their Families. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, military service members, VA Hospital therapists and other professionals traveled from 23 states to receive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Participants received professional training from Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and David Riggs, Ph.D., the Executive Director of…
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The Use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a Method to Improve Self Care in Medical Students

Commentary: Medical Student Distress: A Call to Action Research has indicated that medical students tend to be more depressed than others their own age, which may have professional consequences. For example, a decline in mental health could have adverse effects on students’ levels of empathy and professionalism, and it could lead to burnout or fatigue. A study at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine required medical students to use a…
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An Exchange from Dr. Aaron T. Beck and Dr. Amy Cunningham

Dr. Aaron T. Beck wrote: Dear Amy, I just came across an article(1), in which neurophysiological processes in Borderline Personality Disorder were compared with normal controls. Basically, what the authors found was that borderlines, responding to aversive stimuli showed the usual activation of the amygdala. However, when they were asked to reframe the response ("it is not real, it's only a picture?" or, react as an observer rather than as…
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