There are multiple views on not only what constitutes appropriate treatment but also on what constitutes a successful outcome for substance use disorder. Successful outcomes of treatment for other types of problems are rarely in dispute. A reduction in symptoms, improved functioning, and positive life experiences are generally accepted as measures of improvement for depression, anxiety, and most other disorders. It’s not easy to find agreement with SUD, however.
A couple may run into some long-held beliefs that can serve as obstacles to their relationship. Core beliefs are extremely rigid, long-standing cognitions, often formed as a result of childhood experience. They can play a powerful role in the treatment of couples.
We hoped to discover psychosocial factors that could become targets for treatment interventions. This led us to examine the role of defeatist attitudes, which correlated with both neurocognitive impairment and functioning (Grant & Beck, 2009).
Our President Emeritus, Dr. Aaron Beck and colleagues recently published an article on their current research: What accounts for poor functioning in people with schizophrenia: a re-evaluation of the contributions of neurocognitive v. attitudinal and motivational factors.
The following blog was written by a research assistant who had been exposed to CBT in her job. She had recently attended the Depression and Suicidality workshop at the Beck Institute.
In this integrative approach, the holistic strategies and the linear strategies to “Acting Out” behavior can complement each other.
If a couple struggles to establish individual goals, we can start with joint goals, reflecting their vision of an ideal loving relationship.
An update of news and resources from July 2018 including recent Training for Organizations and blog posts from Beck Institute faculty.
A commencement message to graduates: Happiness is not something to strive for. It’s a by-product, if you’re lucky, of living a valued life that’s balanced and full of meaning.
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Soldiers Suicide Prevention (Beck Institute) is a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Approved Charity: CFC # 11590
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