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Tips for Cognitive Behavior Therapists

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck explains that effective therapists often incorporate cleverness and creativity into guiding their patients toward correcting erroneous beliefs. Dr. Beck also discusses mistakes that inexperienced therapists sometimes make, such as jumping from misinterpretation to misinterpretation. Dr. Beck advises therapists to work through erroneous cognitions, one at a time; however, he also cautions against focusing too long…
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From our Archives: Coping with Depression

Newsweek, January 8, 1973 This article (below), published in Newsweek in early 1973, takes us back almost 40 years into the history of depression, exemplifying just how far we’ve progressed in understanding and treating depression. Early research findings in the causes and treatment of depression, which remain significant and valuable today, are noted and credited to several scientists including Dr. Aaron Beck. Dr. Beck is referenced and quoted on pages…
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Group Cognitive Behavior Therapy

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck explains how CBT techniques used during individual therapy can be effectively applied in the group setting. Dr. Beck discusses the "the 3 C's", a CBT technique in which patients are taught how to "catch", "check", and "correct" their automatic thoughts. In group-based cognitive behavior therapy, patients can use the "the 3 C's" to help each…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Chronic Disease

In this video from Beck Institute's recent CBT Workshop for Students and Faculty, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses cognitive behavior therapy for patients coping with medical problems.  Dr. Beck explains that depression associated with disease derives from the meaning one attaches to the physical ailment. It is neither realistic nor is it a derivative of disease, itself. Instead, patients who experience physical symptoms of disease may have exaggerated feelings of helplessness…
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Individualized Internet-CBT Reduces Symptoms in Adults with Panic Attacks

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, individually tailored, internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (iCBT) may help alleviate panic symptoms and comorbid anxiety and depression. The current study examined the efficacy of iCBT for adults with reoccurring panic attacks. Participants (n=57) were randomly assigned to either receive treatment immediately (n=29), or to a waitlist control group (n=28).  Treatment included eight weeks of therapist-guided and individually-tailored,…
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CBT for Childhood Trauma

In this video from Beck Institute's recent CBT Workshop for Students and Faculty, Dr. Aaron Beck summarizes the process of treating patients who have experienced childhood trauma. Analyzing childhood experiences is an integral part of developing cognitive formulations of many individual patients, especially those with Axis II disorders. Sharing this formulation with patients often helps them to modify their maladaptive beliefs about themselves. In some cases, it is necessary for…
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