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Month: July 2013

Neurocognitive Change in Schizophrenia

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses neurocognitive change among schizophrenic patients who receive CBT treatment. Dr. Beck references a study in which a sample of highly regressed patients with schizophrenia received between six and eighteen months of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Beck first explains that at the end of the study patients improved on both psychological tests (e.g., quality of life…
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Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches for Troops with PTSD

Nearly 20% of the 2.6 million troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq report symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is associated with hyperarousal, avoidance, and disturbing or reoccurring flashbacks, all of which affect mental and physical health. The Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have recommend four treatment approaches for PTSD: Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Stress Inoculation Therapy (SIT), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and…
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CBT for Suicidality

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses CBT for suicidal ideation. Dr. Beck references the suicide intent scale which is used to determine an individual's level of suicidality. Dr. Beck explains that suicidal patients typically experience high levels of hopelessness. It is key to address and decrease hopelessness to reduce suicidality. For more information on Beck Institute's CBT for Depression and…
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CBT Shows Promise for Anxious Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is an umbrella term representing a range of persistent cognitive deficits and impairments in communication and social interaction, often diagnosed by age two, and includes autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders. Children with ASD are at an elevated risk for developing anxiety disorders, which can become highly debilitating across environmental contexts (home, school, and social contexts). The results of previous research (case studies, small…
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Increasing Clients’ Readiness for Change

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses initial steps to increase a client's readiness for change. Using examples from his own work, Dr. Beck addresses the importance of first conceptualizing and uncovering the specific beliefs and fears that interfere with the client's readiness for change. To attend a workshop at the Beck Institute, visit our website.
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CBT Helps Prevent Soldiers from Developing Symptoms of PTSD

Research indicates that 4.3% of troops develop PTSD upon returning from combat. A recent epidemiological study published by the Digital Access to Scholarship At Harvard describes a program launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in an effort to reduce the risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in post-war veterans. This initiative ensures that all combat veterans, regardless of occupational rank, will receive evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) upon…
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