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Category: Children & Adolescents

Workshop Participant Spotlight – Deborah Zwick, PhD

Meet Deborah Zwick, PhD, a clinical psychologist who traveled to Beck Institute from Vail, Colorado. She, along with 41 other mental health professionals, attended our workshop, CBT for Children and Adolescents taught by Torrey Creed, PhD. She decided this workshop would be a great fit for her career, as she consults with private schools and is now seeing more children in her practice. After working for 25 years in Chicago…
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Using the Mnemonic “Three Cs” with Children and Adolescents

Torrey Creed, PhD While the basic principles of Cognitive Therapy remain constant across age groups, certain variations in explanations help children and adolescents grasp key concepts. Helping clients of all ages learn to identify and evaluate unhelpful and inaccurate thinking is a crucial component in Cognitive Therapy. The mnemonic of "The Three C's" (Catching, Checking, and Changing) can be particularly helpful to children in learning this process.   To engage children in…
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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Abstract The efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been the subject of much study over the past fifteen years. Building on a foundation of case studies and open clinical trials, the literature now contains many methodologically sound studies that have compared full CBT protocols to waitlist controls, pill placebo, psychosocial comparison conditions, active medication, combined treatments, and brief CBT. This review is part of a…
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Workshop Participant Spotlight: Douglas Liano, MD

Douglas is a primary care pediatrician from Rochester, New York who works in the Unity Health Systems Center of Rochester Regional. He attended our CBT for Children and Adolescents (Level 2) workshop this week and is working on a way to personally use CBT with his patients. He discussed that behavioral health must be incorporated in the current health care reform, and “now is the time” for that change. It…
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CBT for Stress-Related Problems in Parents of Children with Disabilities

Many parents who have children suffering from some form of chronic illness or mental disorder may experience chronic stress reactions of various types. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been proved to be effective in reducing stress-related problems, but there seems to be no study to date in which CBT has been tested on this specific parent group. Two case studies were therefore performed. Case 1 centered on a 47-year-old married…
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An Introduction to CBT for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Torrey Creed, PhD     Adjunct Faculty, Beck Institute While a description of CBT for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) would require a large volume (at least), let's highlight several important areas to consider when working with people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). First, a word about what we do not do in CBT for ASD: we do not treat the ASD itself. CBT will not move someone to being…
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