Latest CBT News from Beck.

In regular blog postings, staff of Beck Institute offer informational resources for professionals, students and the general public. You’ll find information on CBT research around the world, training programs, new books, and CBT in the news. It is also a forum to ask questions and share your experiences with CBT.

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New Pathways in Cognitive Therapy for Severe Disorders

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It is imperative to map out the ways in which Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) addresses these disorders and successfully and collaboratively works with individuals to reach their aspirations and stay on the pathway toward recovery.
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Values Can Be an Antidote to Suicide

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James was a 53-year old firefighter debilitated by depression who saw suicide as a way out.  Prior to his first episode of depression, he was able to work full time, support his wife and family, and fulfill his obligations.
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Meanings, Motivation & Affect

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When individuals approach a task that seems formidable and challenging, clinicians can influence the meanings attached to the task by being supportive and encouraging.
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What is Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R)?

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Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is a treatment approach designed to promote empowerment, recovery, and resiliency in individuals with serious mental health conditions.
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Non-Suicidal Self-Harm: Conceptualization and a Clinical Intervention

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Most people who engage in NSSI experience intense shame related to self-harm. Most have had the experience of being harshly judged for their behavior. As a result, they fear that they’ll be rejected if they disclose their NSSI.
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Clinical Measures in CBT – A Hassle or a Help?

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The integration of measures to guide CBT is a critical component of providing evidence-based care. Use of psychometrically sound clinical measures can help to monitor progress and guide treatment by providing a window into a client’s symptoms and functioning.
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Goal-Setting Part 2: Follow-up after a roleplay with Dr. Aaron Beck

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Read feedback from a recent workshop participant. She implemented techniques she learned during a roleplay with Dr. Aaron Beck.
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“Hey doc, are you in recovery too?”

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Patients sometimes express curiosity about their therapists by asking them personal questions. When treating patients who suffer from alcohol and other substance use disorders, it is not uncommon for therapists to be on the receiving end of questions such as, “Are you in recovery too?” or “Have you ever used [insert name of substance]?” or “Haven’t you ever binge-drank?”
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Health Anxiety and Interoceptive Exposure

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When a client of mine, Adam, was 22, he received the following diagnosis during a routine physical: elevated liver enzymes. He thought, "Oh my God, I'm going to die.” It was later revealed that the lab results were in error, but as he reported to me ten years later: "This catapulted me into heath anxiety.”