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Characteristics of U.S. Veterans Who Begin and Complete Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

Abstract This retrospective chart-review study examined patient-level correlates of initiation and completion of evidence-based psychotherapy (EBP) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among treatment-seeking U.S. veterans. We identified all patients (N = 796) in a large Veterans Affairs PTSD and anxiety clinic who attended at least 1 individual psychotherapy appointment with 1 of 8 providers trained in EBP. Within this group, 91 patients (11.4%) began EBP (either Cognitive Processing Therapy or…
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A Monthly Summary of Beck Institute Updates [August 2013]

In its efforts to encourage the growth and dissemination of CBT throughout the world, Beck Institute has expanded its online presence across social media and other platforms. To keep you (our readers) informed of our most recent updates, we've decided to implement a monthly summary including: blogs, CBT articles, CBT trainings, and other updates for our readers. We're very excited about some of the new developments at Beck Institute, including…
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Group Cognitive Behavior Therapy

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck explains how CBT techniques used during individual therapy can be effectively applied in the group setting. Dr. Beck discusses the "the 3 C's", a CBT technique in which patients are taught how to "catch", "check", and "correct" their automatic thoughts. In group-based cognitive behavior therapy, patients can use the "the 3 C's" to help each…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Chronic Disease

In this video from Beck Institute's recent CBT Workshop for Students and Faculty, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses cognitive behavior therapy for patients coping with medical problems.  Dr. Beck explains that depression associated with disease derives from the meaning one attaches to the physical ailment. It is neither realistic nor is it a derivative of disease, itself. Instead, patients who experience physical symptoms of disease may have exaggerated feelings of helplessness…
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Training Laypeople in Cognitive Behavior Therapy when Resources are Limited

In this video from Beck Institute's recent CBT Workshop for Students and Faculty, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the notion of training laypeople in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) when resources are limited. Dr. Beck cites an empirical study indicating that, with proper supervision, laypeople at the bachelor's level can be effective with some clients. Dr. Beck also discusses his own research in which he has been able to train high school…
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Universal School-Based CBT Prevention Programs Reduces Anxiety in Children

According to a recent study published in Behavior Therapy, universal school-based cognitive behavior prevention programs may provide benefits for children who suffer from or are at risk for symptoms of anxiety. The FRIENDS program was developed in Australia in 2000. It is a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) based early prevention program designed to help children with symptoms of anxiety. The children learn valuable strategies such as recognizing their anxiety, identifying…
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