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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Exposure Strategies for PTSD Treatment

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To reduce or eliminate the experiences of non-fear emotions, such as shame and guilt, the individual needs to correct these unhelpful and inaccurate cognitions using CBT exposure strategies.
Donna Sudak, MD speaking at the Beck Institute Excellence Summit 2017

Therapeutic Drift: How to Maintain Therapeutic Effectiveness

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Research has shown significant consequences of so-called “therapeutic drift”. The drop-off in skill levels of therapists, the variable use of empirically supported treatments, and the faulty implementation of such treatments potentially lead to further patient suffering and the public perception of ineffectiveness of our treatments.
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The Diabetes Problems We Aren’t Talking About

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Approximately 65% of people living with type 1 diabetes, and 50% of people living with type 2 diabetes believe that this condition negatively affects their self-confidence and their ability to take on life’s challenges.
Aaron Beck Birthday Party

New Breakthroughs in Cognitive Therapy: Applications to the Severely Mentally Ill (Part 3)

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When we work with individuals with schizophrenia who have been hospitalized for many years, we need to find out what their needs are. We are often able to draw on their delusions. For example, six inpatients had delusions that they were God or Jesus. To our surprise, several of the individuals responded to the question, “What is good about being God?” with the response, “You can help people.”
Aaron T Beck painting in black and white

New Breakthroughs in Cognitive Therapy: Applications to the Severely Mentally Ill (Part 2)

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I posited that if cognitive therapy were truly effective, then it should work on the most severely mentally ill. The three steps we followed were:
Reconciling 12-Step Tenets with Principles of CBT for Substance Use Disorders

Reconciling 12-Step Tenets with Principles of CBT for Substance Use Disorders

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Therapists providing CBT to their patients with substance misuse problems can support the patients’ involvement in 12-steps groups without having to be concerned that the two approaches are incompatible.
Behavioral Activation

Behavioral Activation Tip

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Depressed clients often isolate themselves from others and withdraw from life. To counter the isolation and withdrawal common to depression, therapists can introduce behavioral activation. This strategy entails getting clients more active and involved in life by scheduling activities that have the potential to improve their mood.
Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation

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In our work with dieters, we have found that many (if not most) rely very heavily on the scale going down as an external reward for their hard work. They believe that if they were perfect, or close to perfect, on their diets, the scale should go down, if not every day, then certainly every week. This is problematic because the scale simply doesn’t work that way.