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Tennis, Lunch, and CBT: Reflections on my Lasting Friendship with Dr. Aaron Beck

By Robert DeRubeis, PhD Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania Dr. Aaron T. Beck and I started working together in 1983. We had met four years earlier, when I got to know him at a workshop he was leading. I collaborated with his team and interviewed to join the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania, after which we co-wrote…
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DR. AARON T. BECK, FOUNDER OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY, TURNS 100

BALA CYNWYD, PA – On July 18th, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI) will celebrate the 100th birthday of its co-founder and President Emeritus, Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Dr. Beck is globally recognized as the father of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), after developing the revolutionary therapy at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960s. CBT has since been found to be effective in treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders,…
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An Interview with the 2020 Golden Bowtie Award Winners

An Interview with the 2020 Golden Bowtie Award Winners The Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy at Beck Institute – in partnership with Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and Community Behavioral Health’s Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation Center – held the second annual Golden Bowtie Awards this past Wednesday, June 23. The Golden Bowtie Awards program was originated last year as a platform to publicly recognize programs, teams,…
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Application of Self-Esteem to the Theory of Modes: A Summary (Part 3 & Conclusion)

Brittany John, BA & Aaron T. Beck, MD This post contains part three and the conclusion of a three part article. Please see the introduction and parts one and two. Part 3: Case Studies The pathways of the biases and the treatment involving the activation of the adaptive mode is best seen in case studies of individuals who are treated with Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy. In one case, a 40-year-old man…
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Application of Self-Esteem to the Theory of Modes: A Summary (Parts 1 & 2)

Brittany John, BA & Aaron T. Beck, MD This post contains parts one and two of a three part article. Please see the introduction. Part 1: Self-Esteem and Overview of the Model In the original cognitive model by Beck (1964), the schemas initiate the processing of experiences and follow the pathway of cognition → affect + motivation → behavior. In our new model, we propose that a subset of cognitions…
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Application of Self-Esteem to the Theory of Modes: A Summary (Introduction)

Brittany John, BA & Aaron T. Beck, MD Self-esteem has been central to psychological and philosophical work since 1890 when the concept was coined by William James and it has maintained popularity ever since. As indicated by James and followed by other theorists, self-esteem is the subjective evaluation of one’s own worth and importance, involving positive or negative beliefs about the self and subsequent emotional states (Rosenburg, 1965).  This is…
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