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Month: March 2014

The Relationship Between CBT and Neuroscience

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the relationship between CBT and neuroscience. Dr. Beck explains that various biological findings have been associated with successful CBT treatment and that preliminary and future research will seek to determine whether certain genomes respond better to different CBT techniques. For CBT resources, visit

Emotional Management Training CBT in Social Settings May Reduce Children’s Anxiety

A recent study published in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, investigated the effect of using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in a social setting on children’s anxiety levels. Typically, children with anxiety have the most difficulty with evaluating and managing emotions, which may lead to poor peer relationships and maladaptive coping strategies. Because anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions in children, research on early intervention is…

Assessing Therapist Competence in CBT

At a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses how psychotherapists can use self-monitoring tools to measure their competence in CBT. Recording sessions is one way to evaluate and self-reflect on key CBT skills. Dr. Beck also discusses the use of the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale (CTRS) which is a tool designed to measure competency and can highlight a therapist's specific strengths and weaknesses in a session. For information…

CBT Improves Adherence and Depression in Patients with Uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes

According to a new study published in Diabetes Care, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) may be an effective intervention for medication adherence, depressive symptoms, and glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes and depression.  In the current study, 87 adults with unipolar depression and uncontrolled type 2 diabetes were randomized to receive either enhanced treatment as usual (ETAU) (medication adherence, self-monitoring of blood glucose, and lifestyle counseling) or ETAU plus…

Early Views of Cognitive Therapy

In this video from a recent Beck Institute workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the psychoanalytic community's early views of cognitive therapy. A common misconception about cognitive therapy was that it could only provide symptomatic relief. Dr. Beck explains, however, that even early in his career, he followed his patients for as long as 5 years and most of them improved and maintained their improvements. Today there are many similarities between…

Cognitive Therapy Improves Symptoms in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder Patients not Taking Antipsychotic Drugs

According to a new study published in The Lancet, Cognitive Therapy (CT) has been shown to reduce the severity of psychiatric symptoms among schizophrenia spectrum disorder patients not taking antipsychotic drugs. In this first study of its kind, researchers performed a single-blind randomized control trial at two UK Centers between 2010 and 2013. Participants included 74 schizophrenia spectrum disorders patients, aged 16-65 years, who had chosen not to take antipsychotic…