You Believe in Me

Years ago I asked many of the individuals whom I treated.  “What accounted for your improvement in treatment?” Not infrequently, instead of attributing their improvement to the therapeutic strategies, they would often reply “You believed in me.”

Motivation

Once motivation is identified as a target mechanism of change, the big question is how to increase the individuals’ motivation and effort to engage in the activities that will restore them to mental health.

What Contributions Can Humanism Make to Experimental Psychology?

Our findings noted above speak to the rationale for developing a holistic model which aligns closely with humanistic psychology, which traditionally deals with very broad features of human nature not readily observable or measurable: aspirations, values, engagement, investment, etc.

The Principles of Recovery and Values in CBT

The following is a description of a consultation Dr. Beck had about an individual who has schizophrenia. Mary is a 47-year old woman who is upset about hearing voices (and hackers who will not leave her alone). She is divorced, unemployed, and somewhat hopeless. She has a good relationship with her 13-year old son.

Goal Setting: The Shift from Desensitization of the Negative to the Self-Actualization of the Positive

The new emphasis is directed towards the discussion and visualization of the objectives themselves, thus the emphasis is away from removing the blocks to a positive motivation and to the increase of the motivation itself.

A Revolutionary Idea: The Pathway to Low-Functioning in Schizophrenia

We hoped to discover psychosocial factors that could become targets for treatment interventions. This led us to examine the role of defeatist attitudes, which correlated with both neurocognitive impairment and functioning (Grant & Beck, 2009).

Notes from Dr. Aaron Beck’s Current Research

Our President Emeritus, Dr. Aaron Beck and colleagues recently published an article on their current research: What accounts for poor functioning in people with schizophrenia: a re-evaluation of the contributions of neurocognitive v. attitudinal and motivational factors.

Approaches to “Acting Out” Behavior in Individuals with Schizophrenia

In this integrative approach, the holistic strategies and the linear strategies to “Acting Out” behavior can complement each other.

The Holistic Model

In contrast to this compartmentalized approach, our holistic model views the individual as unique–with specific aspirations, yearnings, and needs.

Realizing the Mass Public Benefit of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies: The IAPT Program

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program is working to close the gap between quality care and individuals needing effective treatment through their research and training initiative.