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Evil Pink Monsters and the Use of Externalization in Child CBT

Evil Pink Monsters and the Use of Externalization in Child CBT Elisa Nebolsine, LCSW On my desk sits a stack of pictures that includes: “Evil Pink Monster,” “Bob, the angry wolf,” and “Enfado,” a small bird that breathes out long flames of anger.  These pictures, all externalized images of emotion, play a crucial role in my clinical work with children.  CBT is a problem-specific type of therapy, and as such,…
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Treating Substance Misuse Disorders with CBT

Treating Substance Misuse Disorders with CBT Cory Newman, PhD If you plan to treat patients suffering from substance misuse disorders, I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news. When people habitually misuse a psychoactive chemical – whether it is alcohol, marijuana, benzodiazepines, stimulants, opioids, hallucinogens, or any other – they typically receive significant, immediate positive reinforcement (e.g., a sense of “high”) as well as powerful, immediate negative…
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CBT and Mindfulness for Depression

CBT and Mindfulness for Depression by Robert Hindman, PhD Clinical Psychologist at Beck Institute Mindfulness-based interventions have been becoming more popular in psychotherapy. One such treatment, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), has specifically been developed to prevent relapse in clients who have experienced recurrent major depressive episodes (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2001).  We have incorporated mindfulness strategies into our work at the Beck Institute. Instead of thinking about mindfulness-based interventions as…
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Reducing Clinician Stress When Treating Traumatized, Suicidal Clients

Reducing Clinician Stress When Treating Traumatized, Suicidal Clients Marjan G. Holloway, Ph.D., Beck Institute Faculty Marjan G. Holloway, Ph.D. As an educator, I have noticed that two subgroups of clients are highly likely to activate anxiety and other types of emotional distress (e.g., professional burnout) among clinicians.  The first subgroup consists of traumatized clients and the second subgroup consists of suicidal clients.  When working with clients who are traumatized and suicidal, the potential…
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The Link between Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Positive Psychology

  Dennis Greenberger, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine     Originally published June 2014, Advances in Cognitive Therapy - a Joint Newsletter of the International Association of Cognitive Therapy and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, IACP Vol. 14, Issue 2/ACT Vol. 15, Issue 2 I have always appreciated the durable and expandable nature of the cognitive model.  The simple yet powerful idea that there is a reciprocal interaction between thoughts, moods,…
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CBT for Perinatal Distress

Amy Wenzel, Ph.D., ABPP Beck Institute Faculty Perinatal distress is defined as depression or anxiety experienced by women who are pregnant or who are in the first postpartum year (Wenzel, 2015). Those of you who have attended the Core 2 CBT for Anxiety Workshop at Beck Institute know that I do not include this issue as a part of the curriculum; nevertheless, questions pertaining to work with perinatal women are…
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