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Month: May 2012

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Substance Abuse

In this clip from a recent 3-day workshop at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses how CBT can be used to treat substance use disorders. Dr. Beck explains how the generic cognitive model can be applied to specific situations, such as when a patient is faced with a craving. He also describes the process of coping with cravings via experiential CBT treatment.  Beck Institute will…
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Seeking Safety Treatment Improves Outcomes in Patient with Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring PTSD

According to a recent study published in Addiction, seeking safety treatment (SS), a manualized, present-focused, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) treatment program for substance use disorders and PTSD, is associated with better drug use outcomes than treatment as usual. The current study compared treatment as usual to a combination of SS and treatment as usual. Results indicate that SS may reduce drug use in veterans with substance use disorders and PTSD…
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The Generic Cognitive Model

In this clip from a recent 3-day workshop at Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck first describes the generic cognitive model and explains how it can be adapted to a number of different disorders. Then Dr. Beck illustrates the application of CBT to panic disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome— just two examples of the many disorders to which CBT is effectively applied. https://beckinstitute.org/cbt-workshops.
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Videoconference and Cell Phone-Based CBT Improves OCD Symptoms

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, videoconference- and cell phone-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) may improve obsessive-compulsive symptoms in patients with limited access to face-to-face therapy. In the current study, researchers in Norway partnered with researchers at the University of Michigan to study the efficacy of CBT via electronic means. Six OCD patients received fifteen therapy sessions via electronic forms during a 12-week period.…
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Modifying CBT for Shorter Sessions

In this clip from a recent 3-day workshop at Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses adapting CBT sessions within time constraints. Brief CBT interventions have been shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of disorders. Dr. Beck stresses the importance of maintaining the structural components of CBT in shortened sessions. https://beckinstitute.org/cbt-workshops
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