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Letter to the Community

Dear Beck Institute Community, At Beck Institute, we condemn racism and bigotry in any form. We grieve for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who have been the victims of senseless violence because of the color of their skin. Our team stands in solidarity with individuals facing systemic injustice and those who have joined them in protest. We stand with our partners in our local and…

Is the Antidote for Harsh Voices in Seriously Mentally Ill Individuals Compassion?

By Aaron T. Beck, MD, and Molly R. Finkel, MSEd Where do the harsh, persecutory voices experienced by individuals with serious mental illness emanate from? We suggest that the harsh voices and paranoia may be learned from experience as vulnerable individuals monitor the commands and criticisms from one’s family and societal/cultural groups. Alternatively, they may be embedded from our mammalian heritage and re-activated by one’s current circumstances. In order to…

Establishing Telehealth Counseling for the Aged Care Community in Australia

By Sunil Bhar, Mark Silver, Rebecca Collins, Deborah Koder, Jenny Linossier and Aida Brydon Swinburne University of Technology, Australia Sunil Bhar, PhD, is a member of the Beck Institute International Advisory Committee. We are pleased to share this blog about the important work he and his team of clinicians and trainees are doing to provide free telehealth services to older adults in care homes who are experiencing depression, anxiety and…

CBT for Substance Use During the COVID-19 Crisis: Part 2

In Part 2, Dr. Allen R. Miller, Director of CBT Programs, describes over twenty CBT techniques to use when working with people on recovery issues during the COVID-19 Crisis. As social isolation rules are relaxed and people working on recovery re-enter social situations, they are likely to encounter three major challenges – new urges to use drugs of choice, difficulty reigniting motivation, and new challenges in exchanges with other people. Different CBT…