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The Road to Freedom: CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

by Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA In Part One of this two-part piece focused on CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use, I discussed my past personal reservations about working with clients of this type and the strategies I used to counteract my own related automatic negative thoughts. In this post, I’d like to share the story of a particularly remarkable client who benefited from CBT techniques and the way…
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Difficult Rewards: Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

By Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA Many therapists tell me that they don’t want to work with clients who have chronic pain, particularly clients who rely on opioids to manage their pain. They cite the complexities of understanding the cases, the attitudes of the clients, and poor outcomes as reasons to avoid working with these cases when there is an abundance of other “easier” cases with which to work. To…
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Remembering Beck Institute’s Founding Executive Director, Naomi Dank, PhD

Naomi Dank at Beck Institute's office in Bala Cynwyd. Over the past 25 years, Beck Institute has continued to innovate and grow to reflect the field of CBT. The progress of our organization owes a great deal to the strong foundation built by our first Executive Director, Naomi Dank. We are sorry to report that Naomi passed away at the age of 95 on December 1, 2019. Many in our…
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What is the Status of “Homework” in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 50 Years On?

By Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD The comedian Jerry Seinfeld once asked: “What’s the deal with ‘homework?’ It’s not like you’re doing work on your home…” The great thing about that quote is that it conveys that the “H” word has some of the most unpleasant associations for clients in CBT. In July 2016, Dr. Judith S. Beck and Dr. Francine Broder wrote an important contribution to the Beck Institute blog giving…
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Soldier Suicide Prevention and Motorcycles

By Sarah Fleming, BA I recently had the honor of travelling to Wrightsville Beach, NC, to meet a special group of Beck Institute donors. Each year, the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Jacksonville, NC Chapter, organizes a fundraiser for our Soldier Suicide Prevention Fund-- a special scholarship fund that Beck Institute created to provide training scholarships for clinicians who treat active duty military and veterans and their families. This year, I…
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