The Future of Individual Psychotherapy

In this video from Beck Institute’s recent CBT for Student and Faculty Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck reacts to a quote by Dr. Alan Kazdin on the current status and future of individual, face-to-face psychotherapy. Dr. Beck discusses the effectiveness of certain alternative technologies that deliver CBT. He emphasizes that although alternative methods are often effective for many people, they may not be effective for everyone. Dr. Beck also cites practices in Great Britain that are designed to maximize resources within the psychotherapy/healthcare community by triaging patients and assigning the most severely disabled patients to therapists with the highest degree of expertise. Likewise, patients with mild to moderate symptoms are assigned to therapists with less training and often do equally as well. In terms of costs and outcomes, this is an effective direction in which many believe the field and healthcare are moving.

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CBT Is Effective For Social Anxiety Disorder

According to a recent study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, modifying maladaptive beliefs via cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can significantly reduce the severity of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) symptoms. In the current study, researchers sought to determine, specifically, whether belief modification via CBT mediates treatment effects for SAD. Participants (47 adults) who met criteria for SAD were randomly assigned to either a CBT treatment condition (16 hour-long, weekly sessions of manualized CBT) or a waitlist control condition. Maladaptive interpersonal beliefs as well as the emotional and behavioral components of social anxiety were measured at baseline and post-treatment. Results showed that maladaptive beliefs were associated with SAD at baseline and post-treatment, that CBT significantly reduce those beliefs, and that reducing maladaptive beliefs accounted for reductions in social anxiety symptoms following CBT treatment.  These findings suggest that belief change is critical to effective CBT treatment for social anxiety disorder.

Boden, M. T., John, O. P., Goldin, P. R., Werner, K., Heimberg, R.G., & Gross, J. J. (2012). The role of maladaptive beliefs in cognitive-behavioral therapy: Evidence from social anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 287-291.

Beck Institute’s Level I CBT Workshop for Students and Faculty

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AUGUST 13-15, 2012: 173 post-doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, other graduate students, and faculty from mental health, medical, and related fields traveled from 27 states and 10 foreign countries, including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Philippines, Slovenia, South Africa and Thailand, to Philadelphia, PA for Beck Institute’s 3rd Annual Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty. The diversity of attendees was remarkable. Students and faculty came from all over the world, demonstrating a tremendous commitment to the study and practice of cognitive behavior therapy.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training with Dr. Judith BeckOn the first two days of training, Dr. Judith Beck covered the fundamentals of cognitive behavior therapy and CBT for depression. On the third day of training, Dr. Randy Fingerhut , Assistant Professor of Psychology at LaSalle University, covered CBT for anxiety disorders.

In addition to didactic instruction, our attendees participated in case discussions, dyadic role plays, and other experiential exercises to practice newly learned CBT strategies and techniques with their peers and colleagues.

Father of Cognitive TherapyDr. Judith Beck conducted several role plays with workshop participants to demonstrate a variety of CBT techniques for treating depression, and Dr. Aaron Beck participated in a special question and answer and role play session with workshop participants. He answered clinical questions and questions about CBT history, research, and theory, and role played with a workshop participant on how to divert a client’s attention from distress.

Afterward, both Drs. Beck met with the Beck Institute scholarship winners for an intimate discussion about current CBT research.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Scholarship Winners

Next year’s CBT Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty will be held on August 12-14, 2013.  Click here for more information.  For more pictures from our Student and Faculty Workshop visit our Facebook page.

One Year of Daily Diet Tips

Our Diet Program Coordinator, Deborah Beck Busis, has posted a Daily Diet Solution each weekday for over a year now!  Check out our Daily Diet Solutions page to see all of our diet tips.

CBT for Diet

Reducing Juvenile Recidivism with CBT and Cell Phone Technology

According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) supplemented with cell phone technology may help reduce juvenile recidivism. The juvenile correctional system in the U.S. struggles to implement effective interventions for keeping supervised juveniles from re-committing crimes. Although research indicates support for CBT programs in decreasing recidivism, evidence-based programs have not been adequately incorporated into treatment.

Authors of the current study aimed to provide an appealing alternative for CBT treatment by using innovative cell phone technology. A total of 70 juvenile offenders from Utah were recruited by their probation officers. They were assigned to either the control group or one of two experimental groups, receiving CBT only, or CBT with cell-phone reinforcement. Cognitive behavior training consisted of six 90-minute interactive classes that used the Control Model, a method designed to teach juveniles to examine how their behaviors are influenced by their beliefs. The cell-phone reinforcement intervention involved daily phone calls with recordings from significant others to provide support for the participants and encourage them to reflect on their progress toward behavioral change.

A year after treatment ended, researchers conducted a follow-up study. They found significant effects that not only supported previous findings for the use of CBT, but also additional benefits of cell-phone technology. Perhaps the most important finding was that both experimental groups abstained from crime much longer than the control group: the median days to arrest was 106 for the control group, 191 for the class-only group, and 278 for the class plus cell phone group. There was also a significant intervention effect for total arrests: the experimental groups were about 51% lower in total arrests than the control group. Overall, these results indicate that CBT is effective for reducing juvenile recidivism. Further, the use of cell-phones may enhance treatment by providing a cost-effective method for reinforced learning and supplemental aftercare.

Burraston, B.O., Cherrington, D.J., & Bahr, S.J. (2012). Reducing juvenile recidivism with cognitive training and cell phone follow-up: An evaluation of the RealVictory program. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56(1), 61-80.

CBT and Positive Psychology

In this video from a recent Beck Institute workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the similarities between cognitive behavior therapy and positive psychology in the context of personality disorders. Dr. Beck explains that patients with personality disorders often struggle with developing adaptive belief systems. Both CBT and positive psychology can be effective in instilling constructive beliefs in patients. Dr. Beck then describes some positive psychology techniques including group prevention and resiliency training.

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A Monthly Summary of Beck Institute Updates [July 2012]

In its efforts to encourage the growth and dissemination of CBT throughout the world, the Beck Institute has expanded its online presence across social media and other platforms. To keep you (our readers) informed of our most recent updates, we’ve decided to implement a monthly summary including: blogs, CBT articles, CBT trainings, and other updates for our readers. Please use the following links to go back and read what you may have missed from July 2012:

See what you missed in June