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Participant Spotlight

Lina Butkute-Van de Voort traveled from Ghana to Philadelphia for the Core 1: CBT for Depression and Suicidality workshop. She has been living in Ghana for 6 months working as a school psychologist for special needs students ages 3-18. The best part of the workshop for her was being able to meet both Drs. Beck, “A dream of mine for over 10 years”. She brought with her a translated copy of Dr. Judith…
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An Introduction to CBT for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Torrey Creed, PhD     Adjunct Faculty, Beck Institute While a description of CBT for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) would require a large volume (at least), let's highlight several important areas to consider when working with people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). First, a word about what we do not do in CBT for ASD: we do not treat the ASD itself. CBT will not move someone to being…
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CBT & Quality of Life for Individuals with Anxiety Disorders

Correction Notice: An Erratum for this article was reported in Vol 82(6) of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (see record rid]2014-49169-001/rid]). In the article, the effect size of the Schnurr et al. (2003) study was incorrectly calculated because the standard error value was used instead of the standard deviation for the effect size formula. In addition, the Schnurr et al. (2007) study was omitted because it was not identified by…
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CBT for Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia in Older Adults

Background: Older adults with panic disorder and agoraphobia (PDA) are underdiagnosed and undertreated, while studies of cognitive?behavioral therapy (CBT) are lacking. This study compares the effectiveness of CBT for PDA in younger and older adults. Methods: A total of 172 patients with PDA (DSM?IV) received manualized CBT. Primary outcome measures were avoidance behavior (Mobility Inventory Avoidance scale) and agoraphobic cognitions (Agoraphobic Cognitions Questionnaire), with values of the younger (18–60 years)…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Schizophrenia – Participant Spotlight

Phillip Smith, from Kansas City, MO, works at Truman Medical Center as well as in a private practice. He works as a designated therapist for an ACT team, where he facilitates Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) and is currently working on an expansion grant for the center. He uses CBT by re-conceptualizing the symptoms of his patients. His goal in treatment is “to instill hope in patients who have been beaten…
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CBT for Chronic Insomnia

Objective: To examine the unique contribution of behavior therapy (BT) and cognitive therapy (CT) relative to the full cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for persistent insomnia. Method: Participants were 188 adults (117 women; M age = 47.4 years, SD = 12.6) with persistent insomnia (average of 14.5 years duration). They were randomized to 8 weekly, individual sessions consisting of BT (n = 63), CT (n = 65), or CBT (n =…
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