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Month: April 2012

Culturally Adaptive CBT for Traumatized Refugees and Ethnic Minority Patients

An article in the current issue of Transcultural Psychiatry (April 2012) describes how cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can be adapted for treating PTSD among traumatized refugees and ethnic minority patients. Culturally adaptive CBT (CA-CBT) is a promising, culturally sensitive therapy technique that promotes emotional and psychological flexibility. In the current article, the authors describe 12 key components of culturally sensitive treatment for traumatized refugees and ethnic minorities. This treatment model…
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Terapia Cognitiva Conductal [Relationship Between Neuroscience and Cognitive Therapy]

Dr. Aaron Beck answers questions from participants at Beck Institute's first ever CBT Workshop, conducted entirely in Spanish. In this clip, Dr. Beck discusses the relationship between neuroscience and cognitive therapy. Studies show that people with depression are hypersensitive to negative stimuli at both a conscious and subconscious level. This hypersensitivity tends to disappear when patients receive cognitive and behavioral interventions to overcome their depression. www.beckinstitute.org/cbt-workshops.
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SPARX: A New and Effective Computerized, CBT Self-Help Intervention for Depression

According to a recent randomized control trial published in the British Medical Journal, a new computerized cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) intervention, SPARX (Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts), may reduce depressive symptoms in adolescents seeking treatment as much or more than treatment as usual. SPARX, which is similar in presentation to interactive fantasy avatar computer games, provides CBT interventions (e.g., psychoeducation, activity scheduling, behavioral activation, relaxation training, cognitive restructuring, and homework,…
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Cognitive Therapy – Negative Core Beliefs (Part 2)

Dr. Aaron Beck answers questions from participants at Beck Institute's first ever CBT Workshop in Spanish. In this clip, Dr. Beck discusses how core beliefs influence the impact of traumatic events. The activation of negative core beliefs about one's situation can make it even more difficult to cope with life after a traumatic event. You can ask Dr. Aaron Beck your own questions at a Beck Institute CBT Workshop. For more…
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CBT Plus Exercise Training Improves the Physical Fitness of Fibromyalgia Patients

According to a recent study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, the physical fitness of patients with fibromyalgia improves significantly following a combination of CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) and exercise training. In the current study, participants with high-risk fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to one of two groups: (1) a wait-list control (WLC) and (2) a treatment condition (TC) consisting of 16 twice-weekly CBT sessions plus tailored exercise training.…
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Cognitive Therapy – Negative Core Beliefs

Dr. Aaron Beck answers questions from participants at Beck Institute's first ever CBT Workshop in Spanish. In this clip, Dr. Beck discusses the origins of negative core beliefs. He describes the role that parents sometimes play in the development or maintenance of core beliefs in their children. One way to avoid or ameliorate this is by training the parents in CBT techniques. You can ask Dr. Aaron Beck your own…
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