Category: In The News

The Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis: Establishing A Sense of Care, Trust, and Understanding

By Cory Newman, PhDBeck Institute Faculty Part of establishing a constructive therapeutic relationship with an individual diagnosed with bipolar disorder is providing psychoeducation about the illness and its treatment in a way that invites their input. As such, the therapist’s words sound like they are coming from a place of partnership rather than from authority, and in a spirit of mutual education, rather than the mere unilateral delivery of information…

Preparing for Back-to-School Season in a Constant State of Conflict

By Ellen Inverso, PsyDCo-Director, Beck Institute Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy As two working parents with a five-year-old and a ten-year-old, these past several months have sometimes felt like treading water. In the midst of preparation for an adjusted (and, in our case, all virtual) back-to-school season, several sources of conflict have weighed heavily on my mind. As a mental health professional who espouses Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) in both work and…

Taking the Plunge: How to Make Teletherapy Work

By Robert Hindman, PhDBeck Institute Clinical Psychologist I recently read a New York Times article that confirmed something I’ve been thinking about throughout the Covid-19 pandemic: maybe telehealth therapy is here to stay. When Beck Institute decided to close our in-person clinic in suburban Philadelphia and move to conducting therapy through telehealth due to Covid-19 precautions, I was somewhat skeptical. On the one hand, I knew that research has demonstrated…

Student and Early Career Professional Workshop: An Account from 2013 Scholarship Winner Cristóbal Guerra, PhD

By Francine Broder, PsyD, Robert Hindman, PhD, and Cristóbal Guerra, PhD One of the most rewarding pieces of our Student and Early Career Professional workshop is learning about the participants’ work and the goals they hope to achieve. We enjoy hearing about what past trainees ultimately go on to do years after the experience. This workshop attracts students and early career professionals from around the world who work with populations…

CBT Training with Wolverine Human Services: Adaptations to Meet Organizational Needs & Address Unique Barriers

By Robert Hindman, PhD A popular myth about CBT is that it’s comprised of a set of strategies used in the same manner across organizations and the individuals for whom they provide treatment. Fellow therapists often ask me which treatment manual I follow for a specific disorder. They do not realize that treatment manuals are usually inappropriate to use outside of research studies. They were designed to improve reliability and…

Responding to Stressors During Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

By Stefanie T. LoSavio, PhD Marcus was engaging in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to an accident he witnessed during his military service when the COVID-19 pandemic began. As we transitioned to telehealth, Marcus reported an increase in distress related to the pandemic.  Clients often experience stressful events during PTSD treatment, such as the death of a loved one or relationship discord. With everything going…