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Why Use Exposure for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Why Use Exposure for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? By Aaron Brinen, PsyD As practitioners, we care deeply for the individuals we serve. Working with them following a traumatic event often activates our desire to protect and care for our clients, particularly when a survivor presents with the disruptive symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some practitioners, though, become overly focused on the desire to prevent any hurt or distress.  Their treatment…
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Working with Borderline Personality Disorder

Responding to Our Own Unhelpful Cognitions By Amy Cunningham, PsyD It’s quite challenging when clients engage in behaviors that we view negatively. This situation commonly arises when we work with clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). These clients have a history of disturbed relationships and a tendency to engage in maladaptive interpersonal behavior. We ourselves often have negative thoughts about these clients, especially when our own core beliefs become activated. While…
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Facilitating Reappraisal in Anxiety Disorders

Facilitating Reappraisal in Anxiety Disorders By Jesús A. Salas Psy.D., ABPP It is well known that the central tenet of CBT is the mediational role of cognitive appraisal in the origin and maintenance of psychological disorders. According to Aaron Beck’s theory, a key goal of CBT is to help patients with anxiety disorders change their dysfunctional appraisal of a stimulus in terms of its threatening nature and significance. Patients’ appraisals of…
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Children’s Emotional Buckets

Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Youth by Torrey A. Creed, Ph.D. Imagine yourself lowering a ladle into a bucket of cool water to scoop out a drink. If the bucket is full, you can probably take a ladleful without much of a negative impact. However, taking a scoop from a mostly-empty bucket may cause you to uncomfortably scrape the sides and leave very little behind. Knowing you’ll inevitably have to scoop…
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Teaching and Supervising CBT

Teaching and Supervising CBT by Donna Sudak, MD Did you learn CBT through the tradition of “See one, do one, teach one?” Were your instructors and supervisors clinicians who had never learned the principles of adult learning? Did they instead teach or supervise you in the way they themselves had been taught or supervised? Dissemination and training of quality CBT therapists has become a recent focus for CBT programs throughout…
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CBT: Review of Randomized Trials

CBT: Review of Randomized Trials Written by Paulo Knapp, PhD A systematic review of the literature of all published papers in the year of 2014 describing randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared cognitive-behavioral interventions with a wait-list control group, or another form of psychosocial intervention or other medical treatment was conducted. Only RCTs that clearly specified a CBT theoretical orientation were included. Samples included all populations, undergoing any type of…
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