Special Announcement: Beck Scales, Qualification Levels Expand

The qualification levels required to purchase the Beck Scales have expanded to include (non-licensed) master’s level mental health professionals (Qual B), in addition to licensed professionals (Q1 and Q2).

Scales available at www.beckscales.com:

Beck Depression

Beck Depression Inventory®–II

Beck Anxiety Inventory®

Beck Hopelessness Scale®

Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation®

Beck Youth Inventories™ – Second Edition

Clark-Beck Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory

Beck InterpreTrak™

BDI® – FastScreen for Medical Patients Inventory®-II

CBT for Children with Anxiety Disorders: Comparison of a Child + Parent Condition Versus a Parent Only Condition

A study published in Behaviour Therapy and Research compared the efficacy of group-based cognitive behavior therapy (GCBT) delivered to young, anxious children and their parents versus GCBT delivered to parents only. Results showed no significant difference between the two conditions. These findings suggest that GCBT delivered exclusively to parents of young, anxious children may be a feasible treatment alternative for improving accessibility to efficacious treatments for children with anxiety disorders.

Waters, A.M., Ford, L.A., Wharton, T.A., Cobham, V.E. (2009) Cognitive-behavioural therapy for young children with anxiety disorders: Comparison of a Child + Parent condition versus a Parent Only condition. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(8), 654-662.

To learn more about CBT for children and adolescents attend one of our upcoming workshops: www.beckinstitute.org/cbt-workshops/cbt-for-children-and-adolescents.

Cultural Differences in CBT for Children

A participant from Singapore explains a common core belief based in all-or-nothing thinking. Dr. Beck recalls a patient vignette which helps describe a similar pattern of thinking (to the described students in Singapore) and the procedure Dr. Beck followed for treatment. For more information about CBT training or to register for a workshop directed by Drs. Judith and Aaron Beck visit our CBT Workshops page.

Can you please help us spread the word?

The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Student and Faculty Scholarship Competition.

The Beck Institute will award 10 recipients (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and faculty in psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, and counseling) with full tuition scholarships to our 3-day Student and Faculty Workshop, in Philadelphia, PA, on August 13 – 15, 2012.

This experiential workshop will provide expert training in evidence-based treatment under the direction of Drs. Judith Beck and Aaron Beck, and leaders in the field of cognitive behavior therapy. A special conversation hour with Dr. Aaron Beck is planned.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this message and telling your friends, colleagues, students, and professors about this opportunity.

Visit the registration page for details about eligibility and directions on how to apply to the scholarship competition.

Internet Based CBT for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that brief, internet based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), with limited therapist feedback (delivered via email), can help reduce symptom severity in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers found that CBT can reduce individuals’ catastrophic thinking about the implications of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms present in IBS cases. Reducing catastrophic thinking via CBT may lead to a decrease in symptom severity and positive treatment outcomes.

Hunt, M.G., Moshier, S., & Milonova, M. (2009). Brief cognitive-behavioral internet therapy for irritable bowel syndrome. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(9), 797-802.

Aaron T. Beck, M.D. was Awarded the 2011-2012 Edward J. Sachar Award

Dr. Aaron T. Beck, M.D. was recently awarded the Edward J. Sachar Award for facing the challenge of treating low functioning patients with Schizophrenia. In this video Dr. Aaron T. Beck is first introduced by Nobel prize-recipient, Dr. Eric R. Kandel, who refers to Dr. Beck as “the most original and important contributor to Psychotherapy and Psychiatry of the last 50 years and the most important psychoanalyst since Freud.” Dr. Kandel provides a brief history of Dr. Beck’s work then awards Dr. Beck with the Edward J. Sacher Award on behalf of Columbia University. Dr. Beck then explains his most recent research, led by Dr. Paul Grant at the University of Pennsylvania, and provides a slideshow presentation of their procedure and findings.

Internet-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Findings of a recent a study published in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy suggests that internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), with therapist support, can reduce symptoms and problems associated with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), either in conjunction with and sometimes as an alternative to other evidence-based treatment. Internet-based CBT would increase the accessibility and affordability of CBT for individuals with GAD.

Paxling, B., Almlov, J., Dahlin, M., Carlbring, P., Breitholtz, E., Eriksson, T., & Andersson, G. (2011). Guided Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 40(3), 159-173.

CBT and Learning Disabilities

Dr. Aaron Beck coaches a school counselor through cognitive conceptualization of a specific case – a student with learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia) and high anxiety. Dr. Beck helps her to identify her client’s stimulus situation, beliefs, emotions, and maladaptive behaviors. Then moves on to discuss the best course of treatment. For more information about CBT training or to register for a workshop directed by Drs. Judith and Aaron Beck visit our CBT Workshops page.

Internet-Based CBT Can Facilitate a Strong Working Alliance

A recent pilot study found that internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) may facilitate a working alliance that is comparable in quality to the alliance formed in face-to-face therapy settings. The working, or therapeutic, alliance is a key tenet of CBT, and research suggests that it is crucial to positive therapeutic outcomes. The current study compares the working alliance between client and therapist in an internet-based intervention and in face-to-face treatment for depression.

Participants were randomized into two groups; one group (n= 25) received the internet-based treatment and the second group (n=28) received face-to-face treatment. Both groups received 8 weeks of manualized CBT treatment for depression, which was based on a standard, evidence-based CBT manual for depression. Treatment was delivered by therapists trained in CBT specifically for this study, and involved an introduction to CBT, behavioral analysis, activity scheduling, cognitive restructuring, promotion of social competence, psychoeducation, relapse prevention, and a life review module. Patients in the face-to-face condition attended weekly one-hour sessions and were given weekly homework assignments. In the online condition, the treatment manual was adapted for use as a highly structured internet based treatment manual, and included writing and homework assignments based on the CBT approach. Writing assignments lasted 45-minutes and were scheduled regularly, two times per week. Therapists then provided written feedback within one working day. Working alliance was assessed with the Working Alliance Inventory (WAI) at mid-point and post-treatment.

Ratings of the working alliance between the internet condition and face-to-face condition did not differ significantly. At post-treatment, there were positive correlations between clients’ ratings of the working alliance and treatment outcome for the online group, and at both mid and post treatment for the face-to-face group. The results of this preliminary research suggest that internet-based CBT may promote a working alliance comparable to that which is found in face-to-face treatment and produce positive treatment outcomes.

Preschl, B., Maercker, A., Wagner, B. (2011). The working alliance in a randomized controlled trial comparing online with face-to-face cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression. BMC Psychiatry, 11(189), doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-11-189

Generic Cognitive Model

As a way of simplifying the cognitive model to facilitate a more rapid formulation of a case, Dr. Aaron Beck has proposed a generic cognitive model model. Dr. Beck has applied this model to a host of difficult presentations ranging from bipolar depression to hallucinations to everyday problems like procrastination.

Dr. Beck explains that it is possible to simplify the complete cognitive model by consolidating the various processes into a cognitive-behavioral triad. This procedure can provide a quick snap shot of a selected condition sparing the necessity for spelling out each of the variables.