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CT Worldwide: Australian Government Provides Universal Mental Health Care Rebates

AUs The Australian public health care system, Medicare, has just taken an important step in recognizing that mental health care is just as important as medical care. As of November 1st of this year, Australian patients suffering from mental health problems will be able to receive Medicare rebates for evidence-based treatment, including Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT). Patients can receive Medicare rebates for 12 annual individual or group consultations (or up to…
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Research Results: Having Trouble Sleeping? Experts Recommend CBT for Insomnia

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently published updated guidelines for treating Insomnia and recommended Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as an effective, evidence-based treatment. The Academy's new guidelines are based on a large review of 37 sleep studies that examined the effectiveness of various treatments for 2,246 insomnia patients. This review showed that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), among other behavioral/psychological interventions, is an effective treatment for insomnia, and that sleep improvements last over time.
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Research Results: CBT May Reduce Depression Relapse after ECT

  Many studies have demonstrated that Cognitive Therapy (CT) is effective for depression, and twice as effective as medication in preventing relapse among depressed patients. So what's new in CT for Depression research? A recent initial study shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) may decrease the risk of relapse specifically for depressed patients who are undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). For this study, six patients received 12 weeks of CBT following a course of ECT-only treatment. At follow up, five of the…
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Aaron Beck Video Clips

People often ask us for video footage of Aaron T. Beck, especially students. Here is a list of all the video footage we are aware of: Brief Video Clips of Aaron T. Beck: 2006 Lasker Foundation Interview Clips with Aaron Beck (Free) Aaron Beck speaks about origins of CT, how psychological treatments affect physiology, and widening use of CT, plus a clip of Beck and the Dalai Lama. If you have trouble viewing the…
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One Therapist Writes In: Switching to CBT

Last week, we received the following in an email from a therapist in Arizona who began using CBT with his clients, and for his own battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Here's what he experienced, in his own words: I am a Licensed Associate Counselor in Arizona currently working toward independent status.  I have had supervisors of various theoretical orientations.  A few months into my M. A. internship it became apparent that very few had…
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Research Results: Group CBT Reduces Anxiety among Women with Breast Cancer

A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that group Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can reduce unwanted thoughts, anxiety and stress among women who have recently had breast cancer surgery. For this study, 199 women who had recently had breast cancer surgery were randomly assigned to one of two groups -- they received either 10 weeks of group CBT, or a one-day seminar following surgery. The University of Miami, Florida…
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