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Workshop Participant Spotlight – Katherin Torres

Workshop Participant Spotlight - Katherin Torres At this week's CBT for Substance Use Disorders workshop, we had the pleasure of welcoming Katherin Torres back to Beck Institute. She and her colleagues from Pathways in San Diego recently attended the CBT for Schizophrenia workshop in April, and now she returned solo to learn more about using CBT with her substance abusing clients. A pre-licensed MFT intern at Pathways in San Diego,…
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Workshop Participant Spotlight: Kanan Kanakia

Workshop Participant Spotlight: Kanan Kanakia This week's workshop, CBT for Children and Adolescents, included Kanan Kanakia, who traveled from Mumbai, India to attend the workshop. She has experience as a psychotherapist, special educator, counselor, and hypnotherapist which allows her to choose the best treatment path for her clients. After learning about CBT, she wanted to get the actual feel of how to apply CBT and researched Beck Institute workshops, deciding "which better institute…
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Conflicting Research on Dieting

Conflicting Research on Dieting By Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW Director, Beck Diet Programs A recent article published in the New York Times, “After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight,” details how most of the contestants on the television show, “The Biggest Loser,” regained much, if not all of the weight they had lost while on the show. The article also describes how the contestants’ metabolisms slowed down as…
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Catastrophic Thinking: A Transdiagnostic Process Across Psychiatric Disorders

Catastrophic Thinking: A Transdiagnostic Process Across Psychiatric Disorders Norman Cotterell, Ph.D.Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy Beck and Gellatly (2016) propose that catastrophic thinking is a central feature in psychopathology. Such thinking magnifies both the immediate and eventual consequences of any perceived threat. A variety of disorders can be conceptualized as such: Clients magnify external threats (accidents, attacks, arson) but most notably misinterpret and magnify perceived internal threats. Sensations, thoughts,…
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A Unified Model of Depression: Integrating Clinical, Cognitive, Biological, and Evolutionary Perspectives

A Unified Model of Depression: Integrating Clinical, Cognitive, Biological, and Evolutionary Perspectives Aaron T. Beck and Keith Bredemeier  -  Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Abstract We propose that depression can be viewed as an adaptation to conserve energy after the perceived loss of an investment in a vital resource such as a relationship, group identity, or personal asset. Tendencies to process information negatively and experience strong biological reactions to…
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