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Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R)

Extending Recovery to Individuals Given a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Serious Mental Health Conditions

Recovery Extends to All

Who Are We?

The Beck Institute Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is dedicated to using dynamic experiential activities to empower people across a continuum of mental health challenges to live the life they want. We inspire providers and family members to effectively partner with individuals to realize deep-seated aspirations every day.

What Do We Do?

We partner with health and mental health systems, providers and their staff, and individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health conditions, to promote culture change and transform care. We gather evidence, develop strategies and interventions, and disseminate these widely.

How Does It Work?

Guided by Dr. Aaron T. Beck’s cognitive model, Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is an evidence-based practice that provides concrete, actionable steps to promote recovery and resiliency. Originally developed to empower individuals given a diagnosis of schizophrenia, CT-R applies broadly to individuals experiencing extensive behavioral, social, and physical health challenges. CT-R is highly collaborative, person-centered, and strength-based, and tailored to those who have a history of feeling disconnected from and distrustful of mental health professionals.

Who Benefits?

  • INDIVIDUALS: go from feeling defeated to thriving, from being chronically institutionalized to participating happily in the community. By developing adaptive beliefs and self-confidence, individuals can flourish in the lives of their choosing.
  • STAFF: combine their understanding, experience, and skill with the theory and strategies of CT-R, becoming empowered to produce transformative outcomes.
  • ORGANIZATIONS: inpatient, outpatient, community-based, and residential teams undergo and sustain culture change, creating environments in which everyone has a hand in promoting recovery and resiliency.
  • SYSTEMS: local, regional, state mental health care systems promote continuity of care as a person steps up to higher and higher levels of freedom and meaningful living.

How Do We Know It Works?

A developing evidence base supports the model and treatment approach. Each implementation site uses innovative methods to understand existing data sources, as well as apply novel instruments and methods, to show that individuals live the life they want to live, develop resiliency in the face of stress and challenge, and flourish with positive beliefs in their own capability to experience connection, purpose, and love. Along with this, we demonstrate that staff are thriving, too.

How Is CT-R Different?

Our blog post, What is Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy, explains what distinguishes CT-R from other approaches such as traditional CBT and CBTp.

Next Steps?

  1. Read more about the evidence base for CT-R
  2. Contact us: pgrant@beckinstitute.org | (610) 664-3020, Ext. 252