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Cognitive Restructuring in Schizophrenia

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck describes how to modify and utilize cognitive restructuring with a schizophrenic client. Using an example, Dr. Beck explains that he will initially focus on the client's interests to build engagement and self-efficacy. As self-efficacy increases, the client's problematic and unhelpful behaviors begin to decrease. Dr. Beck emphasizes the use of cognitive conceptualization to target the variables that drive…
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Dr. Aaron Beck’s Transition from Psychoanalysis to Cognitive Theory

During a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck describes how he transitioned from psychoanalysis to cognitive theory. Dr. Beck explains that his transition period spanned two years and began when he discovered a lack of empirical evidence supporting psychoanalytic theory of depression. He subsequently began to question the effectiveness of psychoanalysis in the treatment of depression. In 1963, Dr. Beck published "Thinking and Depression: Idiosyncratic Content and Cognitive Distortions"…
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Selecting Techniques in CBT

How do you decide which techniques to use in a given therapy session? There are many factors to consider. It is helpful, before starting the session, to consider the following questions: What is the acute disorder(s) for which the client has sought treatment and what is the cognitive formulation for this disorder? What has research demonstrated to be effective in treating this disorder? What is your overall conceptualization of the…
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CBT Treatment Goals for Schizophrenia

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck describes the shift in treatment aims for clients with Schizophrenia. He explains that previously "getting better" meant a decrease in symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Today, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) aims to help clients function in their communities, whether or not they still experience symptoms. Dr. Beck goes on to say that when clients reintegrate into society, overall…
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Cognitive Restructuring in CBT

Dr. Aaron Beck reviews cognitive restructuring with a depressed client during a recent Beck Institute Workshop. Dr. Beck describes how he helped the client evaluate evidence for and against his thoughts and his belief that he was a failure. He also explains how cognitive restructuring helps depressed clients access rational thinking that is typically blocked by their cognitive distortions. For CBT resources, visit our website.
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